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publisher ’ s letter

August in the Hamptons is the best part of the summer. It’s the time of year when most people are on vacation, and the weather is ideal — the perfect time to spend with family and friends. But it’s also the perfect time to spend by yourself for some “me” time. I will be doing just that by putting a lot of exercise on my schedule, especially bike riding. There is something about bike riding through the Hamptons that I love. It really gives me the time to appreciate nature up close over a long distance, and of course it’s a great workout. August in the Hamptons is also a great time to attend charity events and dinner parties. This is the best time of the year to have an active social life. During your social adventures, keep in mind the many great charities and causes in the Hamptons. If you can’t attend an event, you can still help by giving via the charity’s website. Important to me is the Southampton Hospital. Its yearly gala took place earlier this month to raise much-needed funds. If you would like to donate, please visit As the charity and event season winds-down, I will look to spend more time out here in the Hamptons in August and September. For me, it’s the time of year I can really vacation and rest. And while the Hamptons offers a completely different social life in the off-season months. I recommend spending time here and creating lasting memories. Have a great August! Justin Mitchell



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This Is Just to Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox

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and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold by William Carlos Williams

There is something a bit devilish about August. It’s a tricky month because it somehow promises an endless summer. Perhaps it’s because we’ve all grown familiar with our sun-kissed hair, brisk morning walks along the beach, and daily astounding sunsets. Perhaps we’ve become too accustomed to biking to a nearby town for a scone at a favorite bakery or we don’t intend to order anything but iced drinks because . . . well, don’t all yummy elixirs taste so much better cold? This is the point in the summer when we are all too used to the little things that make life wonderful. And there is nothing about the month of August that even attempts to wake us from the reverie that is a pitch-perfect season. Since summer is a wonderfully fleeting thing, I hope together we can all agree to savor it to its very pit. Don’t save the perfect plums for breakfast but instead infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for the right moment, create the right moment. The summer is here. The summer is now. Enjoy it!

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avid Tufts has a passion for collecting watches, and it began the day be purchased his first Filitz, an obscure brand. After graduating from the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, David flew to Germany to join the USS Wasp, an aircraft carrier, to assume duties as a communications officer. One wouldn’t expect a young Navy ensign to purchase a piece of jewelry on one of his assignments, but David offered 50 bucks to a jeweler for that simple statement piece with an ultrathin black crocodile strap before he departed on his first ship. His life-long hobby began that very moment. Before becoming a Navy ensign, David grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, after his family made a move from Medford, Massachusetts when he was two years old. A former Tufts home in Medford is the oldest brick house in America, built by Peter Tufts in the 1670s, and was later sold. In 1848 Tufts College was founded because Charles Tufts gave Medford land to The Universalist Church with the stipulation that the church found a college, although no one in the Tufts family actually attended Tufts University. History runs in David’s blood, you could say, and on his wrist. Shortly after returning home from the Navy, David began working as the head of sales for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Then, he moved to Merrill Lynch in Washington and later Oppenheimer in 1981 in New York, where he recently ended his career running the largest wealth management office for 30 years. Now, his time is primarily focused on expanding his “wearable

art” collection. Most of his pieces were acquired from auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and from private dealers as well as from foreign catalogues. It was actually on one of his travels to London that David was introduced to his favorite antique watch boutique, which is located in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. A fellow watch collector working at a watch store on London’s Portobello Road recommended that David pay a visit to Central Watch when he returned home. Sure enough, the London watch collector was right. David still visits Central Watch and always makes sure to “ask for the good stuff ” that they keep hidden in the safes. “I don’t necessarily think men should be wearing a lot of jewelry, except for a watch and a ring,’ says David. “A watch is the most important piece of jewelry for a man. Simple is elegant.” As David’s collection continues to grow, now consisting of 50 to 60 luxury timepieces, including vintage watches made by Rolex, Piaget, Patek Phillipe, Tiffany, Cartier, Movado, and many more, he finds joy in gifting his personal pieces to his two daughters and close family members. David currently lives in a beautiful penthouse loft in NoHo as well as in the Hamptons and Santa Barbara, where he enjoys spending his time donating to charity, sailing on his 40-foot German sloop, skiing with his two daughters and their families, and attending Burning Man with his partner Cris Dovich, who is a voice-over actor. “I think I live a very simple life. I’m not very ostentatious, but I do like beautiful things and don’t take life too seriously.” Social Life

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By Braden Bradley

Featured L to R: Rare Patek Philippe & 1930 Rolex Bubble-back.

Diamond, Estate Jewelry & Rare Timepiece Trunk Shows August 11-14th & August 18 -21st Curated by Sharyn & Glenn Bradford. The events will feature some of the most coveted estate jewelry, diamonds and rare watches, including signed pieces from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rolex and Patek Philippe, as well as Glenn Bradford’s Award-winning Collections, exclusive Atelier Swarovski Collections and Fine Art from Sharyn Bradford, at their Southampton shop. “Shop for Charity” to benefit Dancers For Good, National YoungArts Foundation, Southampton Arts Center and Southampton Hospital. In-store Receptions: Southampton Arts Center, August 11th 5:30 - 7:00 pm, Dancers For Good, August 18th 5:30 - 7:00 pm

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These shops offer an array of items for any occasion. Whether it ’s a walk on the beach or an evening painting the Hamptons red, these three shops know how to cater to your needs.

Tory Sport Tory Burch has brought her sleek and sporty look to East Hampton this summer. This cool shop sells the vary latest in high-tech sport fabrics, running goods, dancing clothes, golf, athleisure, and chic sporting goods. Update your workout gear this summer at Tory Sport. 47 Newton Lane, East Hampton

Gurney’s Fashion Collective This beachfront resort has added a cool fashion spot for guests during the summer months. The Montauk beach property has added a rotating series of pop-up shops called Gurney’s Fashion Collective. The shop sells brands like Edie Parker, Maje, Lemlem and Kiini, Mara Hoffman and Sandro from now through Labor Day. 290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk

Love Adorned Lori Leven’s collection of fine jewelry, curiosities, and collectibles has shops from lower Manhattan to Santa Monica. This summer Hamptonites can experience this cool shop. Located in Amagansett, Love Adorned offers up cool gifts, one-of-a-kind gems, and collectibles and the most unique jewelry you could want. 156 Main Street, Amagansett

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R U N WAY By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

Shades of Gray Gray is not a color you would readily associate with summer fashion. Although, when styled correctly, the color is a bold and welcomed seasonal hue that adds a neutral and unique edge to your sartorial look. The soft color appeared in blue and violet tints on the runways at the spring/summer 2016 shows by designers that included Paul & Joe, Acne Studios, Saint Laurent, Altuzarra, and Giambattista Valli. We also spotted the hue in a soft lilac tone at Emporio Armani and Prada.

Céline, Spring 2016

Prada, Spring 2016

Roberto Cavalli, Spring 2016

Saint Laurent, Spring 2016

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ACCESSORIES By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.

Rose Gold A rosy hue is a quiet, sweet, and friendly look for both summer and pre-fall. It is really a lovely color that is perfect for August and September. Stella McCartney, Emporio Armani as well as Roberto Cavalli were among some of the leading designers who used the delicate hue for their spring/summer 2016 runway shows. Add a fun and gentle addition to your look this season with these rose gold accessories.

Repossi Rose Gold Multi-Band Berbère Ear Cuff $4,080

Sophia Webster Black Pom Pom Yasmina Heels $1,150

Roberto Cavalli, Spring/Summer 2016

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Tom Ford Brown TF5404 Optical Glasses $375

Alexander Wang Brown Mini Marti Backpack $995

Stella McCartney, Spring/Summer 2016

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Many characterize Victoria’s work as bold, subtle, and edgy, but his past autumn Victoria KyriaKides’ exquisite gowns hung glittering at the entrance to Saks Fifth Avenue’s bridal boutique always elegantly chic. “I look at the pieces I have designed 15 years in Manhattan. The occurrence marked the beginning of the brand’s ago, and I still love to wear them because they still look modern partnership with the leading luxury retailer and the first ever opporand timeless. Most of my clients say so, also!” she says. tunity brides across the United States had to When designing a new collection, Victoria “My idea for spring 2017 was draws inspiration from nature and well-done engage with the designer in person. There is something unique and magically to bring a modern dimension documentary films. She also begins by asking herself, “What would I wear?” The master alluring about the romance found in Victoria of femininity to my signature atelier says, “I am a very meticulous person so KyriaKides’ dresses. Their intricate details, sheer overlays, and sparkling embellishments, fresh couture style. Glamorous when I make it personal, it helps me choose are quickly making them a favorite of brides only the best of the best elements for the creand appropriately sexy, these around the world. ation of every dress for my new collection.” True to couture, every gown is created by are dresses for a modern bride Victoria describes her bride as “Stylish and fashion-conscious. Intelligent. Elegant. hand to fit the precise measurements of the seeking a timeless look.” individual bride. Victoria deliberates over Timeless.” Celebrities whom she would love every small detail from the inside out and engineers it by hand on a to dress include Scarlett Johansson, Alicia Vikander, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence. mannequin. “Every dress is featherweight using the lightest, rarest materials available. All VKK designs are highly original, classical, The talented designer can easily envision one of her creations walking down the aisle at a Hamptons wedding. and technically sharp,” she says. Social Life



For a celebration on the East End, she recommends the Leto or the Audrey dress. Victoria describes the Leto as possessing, “a refined fresh couture aesthetic” and the Audrey as “ethereal for the exquisite beach occasion.” Her career as a designer of bridal and evening wear began in the early 2000s. The VKK brand quickly attracted the attention of fashion-savvy brides internationally. Brides from around the world began to fly to her atelier in Athens for couture meetings. “I launched my Manhattan studio a few years ago due to demand to be accessible to brides closer to here. It was always a dream of mine. I was honored when Saks Fifth Avenue loved and picked up my bridal collection for both its New York City and Beverly Hills boutiques,” she says. Design and fashion have been an essential part of Victoria’s life since she was a young girl. “My mother had a real appreciation for tailored clothing, and had all of her clothing custom-made from the latest fabrics she and my father used to bring back from their travels to fashionable cities like Paris, Tokyo, and London. I’ve loved beautiful fabrics since I was young, and used to design and create original looks for my dolls. Learning about and appreciating true couture apparel at that young age played a pivotal part in my becoming an haute couture designer,” she says. Today Victoria finds deep personal fulfillment from conceiving her next form and line. She says, “Designing a couture dress is the result of constant testing, rehearsing, draping, and exploration of different unique materials from all over the world. I love the ultimate result of the meticulous, detail-driven process: seeing a bride confident and blissfully happy on her most important day!”


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Awe Inspiring Jewelry Evokes the Fantastical Thai Spirit By Colin Thompson


adies, you know that when we dress up for a fabulous night out on the town, we want to feel special, empowered, enchanted. Social Life searched high and low to find accessories that would add a little magic to the way we feel when we step out the door. Our favorite find was a jewelry line called Shotiros, which draws its design inspiration from the Thai way of life. Named after the wishing ball used to summon powerful spirits and fulfill dreams, the collection is inspired by Thailand’s own legendary fairy tales. Thai people have a beautiful imagination and believe in spirits. These spirits are not seen, but create a feeling of power within. They practice fairy tale ceremonies in which the mind’s eye sees animals in an enchanted forest and from the sea. And all of this conjured beauty is reflected in Shotiros designs. The rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and brooches capture animal spirits and the positive and powerful beauty of the Thai imagination that permeates their everyday life. As the founder and designer, Shanisa W, so eloquently explained, “Our Naga (dragons) live under water and once a year, when it’s a full moon, we go see them light up the river. It is a natural

phenomenon, the light. But it reminds us of the magic, the mysteries of life that are always around us.” Shanisa is thrilled to be in New York. She says, “There is a vitality, a fearlessness, here that I love. Women aren’t afraid to express themselves. The way they dress and lead their lives . . . It’s a style, like the city, that never sleeps.” That same fearlessness and exuberance are signature elements in her one-of-a-kind designs: a fiercely beautiful menagerie of shimmering serpents, panthers, peacocks, tigers, and dragons. All of which leap to life in the form of necklaces, pendants, bangles, and earrings. Currently inhabiting the velvet-lined glass vitrines of her shop, many of these mythical creatures once roamed through the enchanted forests of Thai legend. Made of pure, 925 sterling silver and heavily gilded in 18k gold or brightly enameled in luscious layers of cobalt, snow-white, and poppy red, the pieces are set with chunks of precious and semi-precious stones. “Stones have a very special meaning for Thais,” Shanisa adds. “They carry spiritual significance.” Details are pivotal: ruby and emerald eyes, golden claws, forked tongues, even the serpents have tiny teeth. Social Life

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M en that trend By MJ Pedone

It’s time to focus on the great outdoor rides of the summer. I have identified some cool wheels that will get you to all your favorite spots in the Hamptons. – MJ Pedone – the founder & CEO Indra Public Relations |

Kawasaki 2016 Z800 ABS The first edition of the Z800 for Kawasaki is a big hit! Though it’s in the mid-size class, this 6-speed bike can really move. The four-cylinder engine allows a smooth ride with a strong torque. Users love its aggressive streetfighter appearance and hightech digital instrumentation. $8,399 Yamaha Grizzly EPS LE Rated in the top 5 for new ATVs, the Grizzly EPS will not disappoint. Designed for trail riding, this high-performance vehicle is a class leader with a 708cc, 4-valve engine with optimized torque, power delivery, and engine character for recreational riding. Mikuni fuel injection means easy cold starts and flawless fuel delivery in nearly any condition. $10,899 Street Saw Dailysaw This 6.5 inch hoverboard is the go-to when it comes to hoverboards. Street Saw uses the same brushless motor technology as Tesla Motors does in its electric cars. It includes dual LED lights that utilize the latest LED diode technology. If you are under 275 pounds, this is the hoverboard for you! $500 Super lithium 1300 Brushless Electric Scooter One of the fastest compact electric scooters on the market, it can reach speeds up to 35 mph. Brushless motors are more efficient and use less electricity than normal motorized scooters. This smooth running scooter has a very low resistance, which means the scooter is easier to push and will coast much farther after the throttle is released. $1,099 Slingshot SL LE This limited Blue Fire will have heads turning in your neighborhood. This three-wheeled vehicle, with a light and powerful 5-speed manual transmission, will make you wonder why you ever traveled on four wheels. This is the most exclusive ride Slingshot has ever made, so get it while you can. $26,999 Social Life



the h o t lysst By Lyss Stern

Lyss Stern, the CEO and founder of — New York’s premier socializing network for moms and moms-to-be — shares her picks for Hamptons moms this month.

Cozy and chic Keep warm on those chilly Hamptons nights with Minnie Rose’s gorgeous cashmere “Ruana” sweater. $275; Xanadu, 76 Main Street, Sag Harbor, 631.808.3147 Dress up A great maxi dress — like this feminine, floral style by Zimmermann — is the go-to piece every mom should add to her closet this season. $525; TENET Shop, 91 S. Main Street, Southampton, 631.377.3981 Fashion served L’Etoile Sport’s haute V-neck tennis dress just may get as much attention as your game on the court. $365; The Meadow Club, 555 First Neck Lane, Southampton, 631.283.0425 Serious sparkle For those Hamptons nights when you want some major glamour, these stunning opal drop earrings, with white diamonds and sapphires, are the ultimate choice. $4,695; Shari’s Place, 29 Main Street, Southampton, 631.726.7200 Into your clutches Devi Kroell’s lacquered wooden clutch, featuring jade stones, may be small but it’ll make a huge style statement on any night out. $2,480; Devi Kroell, 23 Main Street, East Hampton, 631.604.5050

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SHoppING MAdE SIMpLE Moms can save time and money with Boxed wholesale, the new big box club accessible right from your mobile phone. It has everything from bulk-sized diapers to baby food to items for the entire family — all without having to drag the kids to traditional warehouse clubs. No membership fees. FAB FINdS Susan Sandler’s Hamptons Beach Collective is a FabULyss shopping destination for all moms this summer, featuring a curated collection of designer goods unavailable anywhere else, including A Hip Chick (which created this fantastic $97 pillow), Mirame, Rescue skincare, and Alice & Trixie. 2462 Main Street, Bridgehampton, 631.537.8000 pERSoNALIZEd REAdING The DivaBeans will adore summer reading with the personalized book Lost My Name, which lets kids choose everything from the main character to the dedication — and see their own name and real-life details throughout the story. $29.99,

Ramy Brook Sharp, a mom of three and designer of the chic womenswear brand Ramy Brook, can often be found at these spots out East: My favorite places in the Hamptons to get in a good workout are SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp. I go early in the morning so I have the rest of the day to spend with my family. I love going to Golden pear in Bridgehampton for great iced coffee. It’s also fun to sit outside and read the magazines of the Hamptons — especially Social Life! We like to spend lunchtime at our home in Bridgehampton. My husband is a great cook. It’s fun to open a bottle of rosé, too. We like Main Beach. Easy to park, great snack shack, clean bathrooms, and the most important thing: they have lifeguards. Strong waves scare me. We don’t make reservations too often, so it’s hard to get into some of our favorite restaurants like The palm and Nick & Toni’s. On the nights we wing it, we go into Sag Harbor and eat at The Beacon, Tutto Il Giorno, or Sen.



J etsetter S tyle Lisbon

By Gregory DelliCarpini Jr.


isbon is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots to visit in Europe. Neighborhoods formerly worked by ladies of the night are now filled with swanky apartments and Brooklyn-like storefronts. The city is blossoming with culture everywhere, from cab drivers playing the blues in their taxis to a spate of galleries showing masterpieces both new and old to augment city museum shows. The country is on the cusp of major change, and seeing it in this wonderful state of metamorphosis is as colorful as the many tiles that decorate the city façades. Lisbon has done the impossible: transform itself without losing its identity. Leading the charge are shops like 39a Concept Store, created by Raquel Prates. This factory-like shop is a harmonious blend of art, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. The shop is constantly replenishing with inventory changing monthly and featuring

exclusive brands as well as installations of various local artists. Restaurants are just as creative. Inside the Pharmacy Museum you can find Pharmacia Restaurant. Here the walls are decorated with posters that advertise a new sort of medicine, the kind that burns on the way down and is served in a glass with a large ice cube and orange peel flourish. 1300 Taberna is located in the super hip LX Factory and serves Portuguese food with a contemporary twist, made using seasonal and organic ingredients. The Corinthia Lisbon is the crowning jewel in this city’s current transformation. This stylish and swanky hotel is a gorgeous place to call home while in town. Experience breathtaking views, wonderful service, a lavish spa, and incredible food. Head to the hotel’s site to book your stay. Social Life



FRom BIKRAm To THE BoARdRoom YoGA FASHIonISTAS Go GAGA ovER YoSHIon By Justine morGan


nce upon a time wearing anything less than a structured blazer or a tailored shirt may have left you feeling underdressed in almost any environment. Those days are long gone. Today, it’s all about comfort. And the desire to be comfortably sporty has gone a step further. Consumers want their comfy clothes to be fashionable and appropriate for both working out and for whatever it is they have to do afterwards, be it shopping, picking up the kids from school, or attending a business meeting. Introduced in 2014, YoShion, a new kid on the yoga fashion block, captures the yoga-ista spirit at the crossroads where yoga meets fashion. While the company is young, its employees have cut their teeth at places like Michael Kors, Nicole Miller, Alice & Olivia, and Lord & Taylor. And, yogis and the fashion hungry are flocking to YoShion’s innovative designs. A fashion-forward brand designed for the active yet trendy lifestyle, its pieces are athletically functional with avant-garde design. So don’t fret over running errands after your fitness class . . . you can still wear your YoShion après workout and look fabulous. YoShion offers all of our favorite colors and fun design patterns in its pieces, including jackets, tops, pants, shorts, and sports bras. Social Life editor Madison Cole is a diehard fan of the Signature Weave pants, which she says “fit like a glove, are buttery soft, and hold in the right areas.” And at $45, these yoga pants are a steal. The brand recently partnered with Social Life’s Healthy Guru event in Southampton, as both share the same values of finding a balance of fitness, fashion, beauty, and nutrition in our everyday lives. Visit

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BEAUTY By Jeanette zinno @jeanettezinno

Summer Survival Guide Listen up, men! Stay fresh and beat the heat this summer with these grooming tips and product picks.

LIp ACTIoN Don’t forget to protect your lips this summer! Jack Black’s intense therapy lip balm is enriched with shea butter and antioxidants to heal damaged lips and to guard them from the sun with SPF 25. Bloomingdales, $7.50 CLASSIC CoLoGNE Mr. Burberry, the new fragrance for men by BuRBERRy, captures the essence of summer sophistication by pairing notes of crisp grapefruit with a base of earthy vetiver and smoky guaiac wood. Nordstorm, $88 dEEp CLEANSING The sun makes you sweat more, which ultimately clogs facial pores. A deep-cleaning face wash like the Anthony algae facial cleanser will unclog your pores, while keeping your skin hydrated with algae extract. Sephora, $36 SEASIdE SCENT Freshen up with the new citrus scented Artisan Blu fragrance by John varvatos. It’s the ultimate embodiment of crystal blue waters under the warmth of the sun. Nordstrom, $89

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The Man Report: Skincare 101 From fighting the signs of aging to learning an easy skincare regimen, here’s the inside scoop on summer skincare for men from dr. doris day, a board certified dermatologist. Follow these grooming tips to give yourself clearer and younger-looking skin in no time. what summer skincare steps do men really need to follow? Depending on your skincare type, I’d suggest the following plan as a summer skincare guideline. Exfoliate three times per week, cleanse twice a day, apply sunscreen every morning and reapply if you’re outdoors for more than a few hours. Moisturizer is not necessary if you don’t feel dry, but I do highly recommend a serum with anti-aging and brightening ingredients. Try the plum Multi Antioxidant Serum, which contains 18 antioxidants to defend your skin from the chemicals common to all skin problems: free radicals. $59, when is the best time for men to shave in the summer? I recommend shaving at the end of the day or directly after showering when the skin is the most hydrated. It’s important to use shaving cream, not just soap and water, to protect the delicate skin on the face.

what other summer skincare tips do you recommend for men? 1. Exfoliate regularly and use products that contain salicylic acid and retinol to keep pores clear in the summer. 2. Look for moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated. 3. Avoid pimples in the summer by exfoliating regularly and use a cleansing brush to wash face. 4. Men should use a different SPF on their face and body; look for gels or lotions for the face. post summer: How can men tackle sun damage? See your dermatologist for the best treatments for you to help reduce any summer skin damage. My office offers everything from chemical peels to laser treatments to help your skin regain its handsome and healthy even tone and reverse the damage done from the sun. Doris Day, MD, is a board certified dermatologist who specializes in laser, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology on the Upper East Side. Dr. Day is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and is a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. Day Dermatology & Aesthetics 10 East 70th Street, 1C 212.772.0740

EdIToR’S pICK Upgrade your skincare routine with Foreo’s LuNA for Men 2. The cleansing and anti-aging device deeply cleanses with up to 8,000 TSonic pulsations per minute channeled through silicone touch-points. It fades the appearance of wrinkles, leaving skin looking and feeling radiant and firmer, while helping to improve absorption of your favorite skin care products. Sephora, $199



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August? Say it isn’t so. Well, don’t think of it as an end, but rather a beginning of prepping yourself for winter travel.

Davines Man, that sun can wreak havoc on the noggin’ whether you know it or not . . . that is skin up there, after all. Give it a little love with unbelievably nourishing Davines NaturalTech rebalancing shampoo. Follow up with NaturalTech Energizing Superactive, a stimulating serum that revamps your fragile, and, therefore, thinning hair.

Mossman Why, yes . . . we do have a fetish when it comes to Australian men’s undies and swimwear. They make them (and wear them) so well. As for you, there’s still time to show off the gams, man. Get an order in now for Mossman Costa Swim Shorts, break ’em in the Hamptons, and bring them with you to the islands this winter. They’ll attract someone with whom you’ll want to transition from the café to the beach to, well . . .

OluKai The folks at OluKai mean business – just check out their web site. And, for the record, it’s not just a front for mediocre shoes and sandals. Whether you’re walking to the shower, to the beach, or to a Michelen-rated restaurant, craftsmanship and comfort mark these pieces of art. (Seriously, check out their site.)

Dollar Shave Club’s Wanderer Shower Line And then there’s the rest of the body. You may have noticed that Dollar Shave Club is getting a lot of attention these days. It’s no wonder, with product lines like their Wanderer, sulfate-free body, scalp, and face products. Most men think their skin is just naturally dry and itchy, but nine times out of ten (or more) we’re just using irritating products. Wanderer is one of the first complete sulfate-free shower lines for men in the U.S. Give it a try – there’s no need to feel the burn any more.

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Power Through Life Without Foot Pain, Thanks to Dr . Blitz By Madison Cole


omen expect a challenge. They’ve dealt with wage gaps and corporate ladders. They know the pain of giving birth and getting a Brazilian wax. But, sometimes, there’s no need to tough it out. Case in point? Suffering the consequences of sky-high heels. For women who believe life looks better with a three-inch lift, bunions and related foot injuries are an all-too-common complaint. But too many women try to smile through the painful foot conditions when they could nix the aches and keep their shoe collections — all without surrendering their alpha-female cred. Dr. Neal Blitz, a New York–based reconstructive foot-and-ankle surgeon, helps powerful women leave bunions behind before complications set in. And, unlike most doctors, he doesn’t see heelabstention as a necessary part of the equation. You’re hardly the only person hiding crooked, bumpy feet inside sleek stilettos. More than half of American women deal with bunions, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. And many of them are opting to overlook their sole woes, which Dr. Blitz thinks stems from surgery horror stories. “I think people ignore bunions because they’ve heard about someone having a bad experience involving a long recovery with crutches, or maybe an ugly scar,” said Dr. Blitz. “This is just not the case anymore, at least not with the right techniques.” He’s on a quest to set the bunion story straight. For one thing, don’t trust the misled masses: a bunion isn’t a growth of bone or tissue. “It’s really the misalignment of the big-toe joint pushing out on the skin from underneath that causes the bony prominence,” explained Dr. Blitz. In other words? It’s a bone that’s shifted out of place. Another misconception concerns the role that genetics play in the development of bunions. While some people do have a biological predisposition to shifting toe bones, heel lovers should assume their footwear preferences are part of the equation. A high heel, even one that’s designed for support, simply doesn’t jibe with the anatomy of the human foot. There’s nothing natural about walking at a steep pitch. By placing undue pressure on the ball of the foot, the big-toe joint can move outwards and leave you with a protrusion.

Dr. Blitz is fully aware of the link between high heels and bunions, but he’s also not interested in shaming shoe-lovers. Instead, he fixes feet to fit shoes. After all, why battle the force of a beautiful shoe when you can work with it? There’s also a widespread notion that bunion removal means a lengthy period of post-op immobilization. To be fair, this rumor is rooted in truth — but not for patients of Dr. Blitz. Bunion removal is traditionally considered a tricky procedure. For years, there was no single way to get it done. But one thing remained constant across surgeons and surgical approaches: patients had to spend six weeks recovering, off their feet. Dr. Blitz, however, created a signature procedure, called Bunionplasty ®, that lets him break the six-week rule, without compromising healing efforts or aesthetic integrity. “I developed a patented bunion surgery implant that properly stabilizes the bone during the recovery process,” he explained, “allowing patients the ability to walk afterwards.” By afterwards, he means that patients can walk away from surgery on their feet, wearing only a small surgical boot. And underneath the boot lies a foot bearing only subtle signs of surgery, said Dr. Blitz. “My background as an artist allowed me to look at bunion surgery from an aesthetics point of view rather than the orthopedic view.” Rather than make an incision on the top of the foot, as most surgeons do, Dr. Blitz places it on the side of the foot, and uses plastic surgery techniques to leave feet prettier and pain-free. So, why brave bunion pain when you can put your mind (and heelclad feet) towards challenges that will get you somewhere? When it comes to beat-up, broken down feet, Dr. Blitz is the pro-power, anti-pain choice.

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Looking & feeling Fabulous with Dr . Stephen Greenberg By Mamie O’Halloran ocial Life Magazine sat down with the celebrity cosmetic surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg to gain insight into what makes him one of the most sought after cosmetic surgeons in New York. Known for placing a high priority on helping his patients to feel good about themselves, Dr. Greenberg’s magic hands craft patients’ outer appearance to reflect their inner beauty. He is a leader in cosmetic surgery, who offers state-of-the-art technologies and advanced procedures in his Woodbury ambulatory surgical center.

What are some of the most popular non-invasive treatments right now? Since it’s still summer, we’re seeing a lot of patients wanting to treat the body and the face. For the body, Coolsculpting and Cellfina are really effective in shaping the body. Both of these treatments are performed in my office, and have no downtime. Coolsculpting is an amazing technology that literally freezes and then eliminates fat from the thighs, hips, flanks, and abdomen. For the treatment of cellulite, Cellfina is fantastic as it performed under local anesthesia, can be used to treat multiple areas in a single visit, and has very little downtime. When it comes to refreshing the face, there are several non-invasive options. Ultherapy is becoming tremendously popular, as it is a non-surgical lifting procedure for the face and neck that uses ultrasound technology to stimulate collagen production deep within your skin. It provides patients with a lift from the inside out. In less than an hour — and without any downtime — you’ll be well on your way to tighter, better-fitting skin. In terms of plastic surgery, what do most women come in for? My most requested procedures are my Rapid Recovery procedures. I offer Rapid Recovery tummy tucks, mini face lifts, and laser lipo, and also my 24-hour Rapid Recovery breast augmentation. These procedures allow me to produce natural and effective results with minimal downtime — some even allowing the patient to return to normal activities the next day! What I also see increasing are treatments like fat transfer procedures, or SmartLipo combined with Cellulaze. Tailoring a combination of procedures specific to the patient’s goals helps me create a natural and beautiful result, usually with minimal downtime.

with Kylie’s lips or Brad’s nose. I manage their expectations realistically, and provide them with the best possible result that is natural and beautiful and meets their goals. What are some of the most common concerns patients have about plastic surgery? Many first-time patients have concerns about the way things ‘used to be.’ I have seen many patients put off having surgery because they are concerned they will have prolonged downtime. Although that was true in the past, my Rapid Recovery breast procedures have busy patients back to their day-to-day activity in no time. Patients no longer need to worry about extended time away from work or their families to recover, and the results are amazing. What is the number one advice you offer people considering plastic surgery? Seek the advice of an expert. I am board certified, and that means that I am held to a higher standard of practice. As for my expertise and experience, it goes beyond my practice as I appear on many TV and radio shows, and am quoted in print articles as well. I am always happy to bring my knowledge and experience to as many as possible. There are so many myths and misunderstandings about cosmetic surgery and there have been many advancements in technologies and procedures. I like to ensure people are educated. ABOUT GREENBERG COSMETIC SURGERY — DR. STEPHEN T. GREENBERG Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D. is a nationally renowned cosmetic plastic surgeon based in Southampton, Woodbury, Manhattan, and Boca Raton. Dr. Greenberg

How do you ensure you achieve a natural look for your clients? This is one of the most important aspects of my practice. When I meet with a patient for the first time, we discuss the patient’s aesthetic goals openly and honestly. I often see patients who have an idea of what they would like — maybe something they’ve seen on a celebrity — and that’s what brings them to my office. But not every anatomy would look good

is well known for his expertise in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery and is frequently interviewed for his knowledge on the latest cosmetic surgery techniques. Dr. Greenberg hosts the only New York cosmetic surgery radio show every Saturday evening on K-98.3 FM, and Saturday morning on 105.3 FM (PARTY). If you are seeking an outstanding plastic surgeon in the greater Long Island area, please call 516.364.4200 or see

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Perfect alignment By Seth Ashway


uestion: What do sparkling, perfectly aligned teeth and amazing customer service have in common? Answer: Dr. Jacquie Smiles, an institution throughout New York, and a frequent contributor to Social Life Magazine. What’s new with Dr. Jacquie in 2016? For one thing, she has once again elevated the art of dentistry to a whole new level. A leading orthodontist in New York with thriving practices in Manhattan, Woodbury, and Monroe, Dr. Jacquie is nationally known for her work with Invisalign, a modern approach to straightening teeth using a custom-made series of aligners. Now, she says that her patients are seeing even more amazing results with Acceledent. That, of course, piqued our interest and we needed to know more.

So, Dr. Jacquie, just about everyone knows about Invisalign. What’s up with this new service? In a word? Amazing. It’s a new treatment to accelerate treatment times for braces and orthodontic appliances like Invisalign. Acceledent may reduce the length of treatment for adults and teens to less than one year with faster orthodontics to help you adjust and straighten your teeth in no time.

For the uninitiated, what’s the 411 on Invisalign? It’s off the hook. Invisalign is a state-of-the-art alternative to braces that is virtually undetectable to other people. It straightens your teeth, not with brackets or wires, but with a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. Many New York City patients find this type of “braces” more convenient as they are removable and not permanent fixtures.

OK, so what is it exactly? It’s a special mouthpiece with a pulse activator that you use for 20 minutes a day. It uses gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology® allowing movement of your teeth. The patented technology very gently vibrates through your teeth and gums to gently shift into position and accelerate tooth movement guided by your existing Invisalign and treatments.

When people think of Invisalign, they actually think of you. Why is that? I was invited to join Invisalign’s prestigious faculty department of 24 experts chosen from among more than 55,000 practicing dentists and orthodontists, and I’ve become a member of The National Speaker’s Bureau. I’m an Invisalign Super Elite Provider, reserved for the top 1 percent of doctors in North America. But, who’s counting?! LOL

Really? Only 20 minutes a day? Yes, but you have to commit to that for it to be as successful as possible.

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Trifecta med spa review By Maggie Elizabeth


idely known fact: the effects of aging are inevitable. The contours of our faces topographically map the highs and lows of our days. Too much stress at work, a lack of sleep, and even a carefully screened day in the sun can rob our skin of its youthful luster. And while some choose to go gently into that good night, some of us rage, rage, rage against the dying of the light. As a Botox veteran, I’ve been acquainted with injectables for a few years now. Having lived in sunny (and therefore squinty) California, I had a very pronounced wrinkle between my eyes. I knew right away I wanted to do something about it. I searched for a good deal and a well-reviewed facility. While I found a couple of spas I liked and frequented, the injections always hurt. From the moment I sat in the chair until the Botox was administered, I was filled with dread. The anticipation always made me uneasy, the actual shot was more than a little uncomfortable, and I usually experienced slight bumping or bruising on my face that lasted several days. Worse than that, some of the facilities had employees whose faces were frozen or far too smooth to appear natural, so I kept my injectables limited to 20 units of Botox. My experience at Trifecta Med Spa was quite different. Located in an elegant building at 115 Broadway in downtown New York, the suite is beautifully designed with a very clean and modern look. The attractive staff was warm and inviting upon my arrival. After little wait time, I was introduced to Yulia, a registered nurse with years of experience. Her soft voice and attentiveness immediately put me at ease. We chatted about my desire to keep my appearance natural, what I had had done in the past, how my sensitive skin had reacted, and what I deemed were my problem areas. My nasolabial folds had deepened over time, and I was quite aware of them each time I looked into the mirror. I had volume loss in my cheeks, and my tear troughs added to a weathered and tired look. In addition to Botox, Yulia recommended Juvéderm to smooth out the tear troughs and nasolabial folds. She also suggested a very small amount to restore the volume loss on my cheeks, and of course the trusted Botox would keep my forehead lines from becoming too noticeable while giving my eyes a tiny and brightening lift. She explained the Botox could take up to two weeks to take full effect, but the Juvéderm would work right away. Her own very natural appearance and gentle demeanor gave me confidence. I felt comfortable upping my game. To combat my nerves and sensitivity, Yulia applied numbing cream and gave me a pair of foam lips to squeeze. She started with the Botox, and much to my surprise, I barely felt a thing. Right before the injection, she would whisper “pinch,” and I would wait, but she would be finished before I realized she had started. Next we

moved on to the Juvéderm. She let me know this injection might be a bit more painful than the Botox. She would do a drop on my cheeks and three injections on each side of the nasolabial folds, and I would likely feel the first the most. I braced myself for the discomfort, but again, I barely felt it. I figured the numbing cream must really be working, but surely my sensitive skin would tell a different story. I assumed I would have bumping at least and some slight bruising at most. Once we finished, Yulia handed me a mirror so I could examine my face. Again, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was no bumping, no bruising, just some very slight bleeding at the injection site that went away by the time I left the office. Immediately, I looked well rested and fresh faced. I went to dinner with friends that night, and my friends commented on how great I looked, but no one could put their finger on exactly why or what made the difference. This was the exact outcome I had hoped for. It’s me, just slightly improved. Trifecta Med Spa gave me a leg up on Mother Nature. Within days, the staff followed up to make sure I was happy with my results and to book my two-week follow up. It’s now been a week since my treatment, and I will be back in another week . . . and assuredly every six to nine months thereafter. Trifecta 57 Med Spa Central Park South 200 West 57th Street p/ 212.247.4148 Trifecta Med Spa Long Island 1453 Broadway, Hewlett p/ 516.792.0800 Trifecta Med Spa Downtown 115 Broadway p/ 212.600.4112

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hen it comes to hydration, what you drink is just as important as how much. With more than 700 brands of water on the market, it’s enough to make your head spin. Is there really that big of a difference? The reality is this: some water is just better for you, and will help your body function at a higher level. This summer, the water in everybody’s gym bag is Essentia ionized water. With alkalinity measuring 9.5 pH or higher, Essentia was recently shown to be better at rehydrating by a clinical study. It’s no surprise that Essentia has become the water of choice for celebrities like the Kardashians, Karlie Kloss, Joe Jonas, Mario Lopez, Jamie Foxx, Rosario Dawson, and more. The Essentia difference is not about what they add in, rather it’s what they take out. Traditional alkaline waters achieve their alkalinity by adding in minerals; Essentia removes acidic ions. Their three-part purification process involves micro-filtration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light exposure, resulting in the clean, smooth taste of Essentia. Sound fancy? It is! In fact, Essentia is the only bottled water listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference, which is one of the most recognized compilations of drug information and health knowledge in the United States.





iet fads come and go, but everyone knows the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. As if we needed any more reasons to love the Hamptons: our local farmers markets and farm stands provide a perfect source for your local, organic, seasonal, and super fresh produce consumption. Check out these markets and stands to find heirloom tomatoes, tree-ripened peaches, melons, and perfect corn for your grill. Keep your eyes open for the delicious, locally produced cheeses, wines, and baked goods too.

Southampton Farmers Market: Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton Southampton Arts Center North Sea Farms: 1060 Noyac Road, Southampton Green Thumb organic Farm: 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill Halsey’s Farm Stand: 829 Montauk Highway, Water Mill Bridgehampton Farmers Market: Fridays 3 to 6:30 p.m. 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton Hayground School open Minded organics: 720 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton Country Garden Farm Stand: 35 Millstone Road, Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to1 p.m. Bay & Burke Streets

Serene Green Farm Stand & Seafood Market: 3980 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor Shelter Island Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island Historical Society pike Farms: 82 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack East Hampton Farmer Market: Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 136 North Main Street, East Hampton Nick and Toni’s parking lot Round Swamp Farm: 184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton ECo Farm Stand: 55 Long Lane, East Hampton Amagansett Farmers Market: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 367 Montauk Highway, Amagansett

vicki’s veggies: 597 Montauk Highway, Amagansett Balsam Farms: Between Town & Windmill Lane, Amagansett Bhumi Farm Stand: 139 Pantigo Road, Amagansett Montauk Farmers Market: Thursday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Village Green in town westhampton Beach Farmers Market: Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parking lot next to Historical Society Hampton Bays Farmers Market: Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 165 Ponquogue Avenue, Hamptons Bay St. Mary’s Church Nurel’s Farmers Market: Daily 9 a.m. to dusk 226 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays

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ry this delicious side dish at your next lunch or dinner party. Except for a few seasoning agents, all of the ingredients are available at your local farmers market and allow you to showcase the best of the season’s produce. EQuIpMENT: Grill Knife Cutting board Airtight container Blender Ingredients: 4 shucked ears of corn, cut in half Topping: Crumbled goat cheese Torn basil leaves

SAuCE: 4 red peppers 1 medium zucchini, sliced in half lenghthwise olive oil Sea salt Freshly grated pepper ½ cup washed basil leaves 1 garlic clove 1 shallot ¼ cup heavy cream ½ cup grated parmesan cheese or any hard grating cheese 1 tbsp lemon juice

METHod: 1. Preheat your grill to medium heat. 2. Lightly coat peppers with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on all sides until skins are blackened and blistering. 3. Remove peppers from grill and place them in an airtight container to steam for at least 20 minutes, or up to one hour. While the peppers are steaming, prepare the other vegetables. 4. Lightly coat corn and zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 5. Grill corn until kernels begin to blacken, and zucchini until soft. 6. Blend together basil, garlic, shallot, heavy cream, cheese, lemon juice, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper. 7. Remove skins and seeds from steamed peppers. Reserve as much flavorful liquid from the peppers as possible. Add peppers and 1 cup of steamed liquid to blender. 8. Add zucchini to blender. Process until smooth. If the sauce requires more liquid, add the reserved pepper liquid, 1 tbsp at a time. 9. To set up your final dish, spoon roasted vegetable sauce over the corn, and top with crumbled goat cheese and basil.

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beth stern By Maggie Elizabeth Photography by Howard Stern

As a Hamptons local, Beth Ostrosky Stern is the quintessential girl next door. With a strong sense of community and social responsibility, the down-to-earth blonde beauty’s extensive work advocating for animals goes beyond her countless charities and into her home. She’s opened her door to numerous canine and feline fosters that she personally cares for, and has worked for the adoptions of hundreds of cats and dogs over the last several years. Beth credits her work with the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) for segueing her into becoming an animal foster parent, a mission she describes as her “purpose in life.” She has housed up to 20 cats and kittens at a time, and takes full responsibility for their needs. She cleans up after them, administers medications, and tends to all their feedings, which can be an extensive undertaking as kittens under 12 weeks feed up to four times a day.

Once the fosters are ready to be adopted, Beth also aids in finding their forever homes. From spreading the word about pet rescue via her hosting gigs on the Hallmark Channel to showcasing available dogs and cats on her social media to choosing candidates for pet parents to placing the actual pets with their new owners, Beth is involved in the adoption process from start to finish. Beth’s passion for wildlife doesn’t end there. As a lover of all animals, she became a wildlife transporter working with The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays, helping a range of animals from deer, foxes, and bunnies to waterfowl and songbirds to turtles and snakes. She’s also become a best selling children’s book author who seeks to raise awareness and funds through her writing. In the Q&A, Beth gives us more detail about herself and her love of animals, the impact animal rescue has had on her, and how she’s giving back to her community.


features What do the Hamptons mean to you? The Hamptons is home to me. It’s a magical place filled with natural beauty and wildlife. I feel so blessed to live here! Describe your ideal Hamptons day. We wake up at 5 a.m. every day whether Howard has to get up for his radio show or not. I head straight to the foster room to feed my foster kittens. We currently have fourteen kittens and two adult fosters. They usually need medications administered as well. It’s a long morning routine! Howard and I exercise together (either a walk on the beach or a morning run). We both practice Transcendental Meditation, so that takes up 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the afternoon. After lunch, it’s back to the foster room for more feedings. Sometimes the kittens are so young that as soon as I finish feeding everyone, it’s time to start all over. Howard and I usually eat dinner in our home and then go to bed pretty early. Because of his early morning radio schedule, we are usually in bed by 9 p.m. — even on weekend nights. We laugh at ourselves!  How do you see yourself giving back to the Hamptons community? Each time we take a beach walk, we take a large garbage bag and fill it with balloons on the beach that have fallen from the sky. We are so concerned about the wildlife that we try to pick up anything that would potentially harm them. I hate those balloons. People don’t realize what harm they cause when wildlife ingests the balloons and strings. We also love supporting The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center out here, and I am on call as one of the trained wildlife transporters. People think I love only cats and dogs. I love all animals.    How did you become so passionate about animal welfare? Can you describe a specific moment or share a story that exemplifies your aha moment? I was born passionate about animals. It’s in my blood! My parents treated our pets as family members. We rescued all of our dogs and cats growing up. And whenever there was a hurt animal in our neighborhood, we took it to the local rehabilitator

to treat and then we would release back where we had found it. There was never a moment in my life that I remember not being a crazy animal lover! What was your first experience advocating? I remember my booker from my modeling agency called and asked if I would lend my time to walk the runway for an animal organization’s annual fundraising luncheon. The organization happened to be North Shore Animal League America [NSALA]. I not only walked the runway with adoptable puppies, but I stayed on the runway until every last one was adopted. They soon recognized my passion and asked me to be their national spokesperson. That was close to 12 years ago! I am not only a volunteer and spokesperson, but also one of their foster parents. I am currently expanding their existing shelter with a seven million dollar renovation to create a cage-free “home away from home” habitat for felines. This expansion, called Bianca’s Furry Friends, also will free up the entire downstairs for more adult dog and puppy-mill rescues.    How do you find the cats that you foster? What’s the most you’ve had at one time? When I first started fostering three years ago, I would go with my friends from NSALA directly to municipal shelters that had to sadly euthanize cats and kittens every day due to being overcrowded. Once an animal arrives at NSALA, it is safe (we are the largest no-kill shelter in the world). Sadly a lot of municipal shelters cannot accommodate all that come in. I have grabbed entire litters and mama cats moments before being euthanized. Now my Instagram has become the way I have been saving cats and kittens that I end up fostering. I remember having nineteen at one time. But, right now, I currently have fourteen fosters, including three blind kittens, in addition to our six resident cats.    Does anyone help you to care for the kittens you foster? I do have people who help, but the main caretaker is me. I wake up every morning and feed and administer meds. I clean litterboxes all day, and I make sure they are vaccinated and take care of their medical needs. Dr. Kheun and Dr. Browning at Sag Harbor Vets are my best friends! They help me with kitten vaccinations and the spay and neutering of all my fosters.   What’s the most gratifying experience you’ve had as an animal activist? Fostering and saving the lives of almost 300 cats and kittens over the past few years. It’s truly my purpose in life. Also, giving the proceeds of my children’s books to North Shore Animal League America. (Yoda: The Story of A Cat and His Kittens was a New York Times bestselling childrens book.) My second book, Yoda Gets A Buddy, is out now. Social Life

As a champion of animal rights, what advice would you give the average person? It’s simple. If you are ever thinking about adding a furry family member, please go to your local shelter first. And if you want to take it to another level, consider fostering. Fostering frees up space at shelters and therefore saves lives. Being a foster parent is so rewarding. Saving lives is the best feeling in the world. My advice would be to enjoy every second of it because once you hand them off when they are ‘ready to fly,’ it can be so emotional! You’ve prepared them for their forever situations. And then you can free your home for more. It’s very tempting to keep them because you get so attached. I have a few foster fails myself, but if I kept them all, I would have over 300 cats. Grey Gardens in Southampton! Not happening. What do you look for in someone interested in adopting one of the cats you foster? I work with NSALA and they have a very thorough screening process. Once I post the picture of one of my foster kittens on my Instagram (@bethostern), emails start to pour into my foster account ( I read each one and the ones that I feel are good, I forward to my contact at NSALA and she calls them and interviews them. By the end of their “pre-approval” interview, we know almost everything about their homes, pet history, etc. And then we call their references. Once that is completed and we feel that they are good, they are approved for one

of my fosters. I then match one of my foster kittens or adult cats to homes (considering if they have children, other pets, etc). It’s a very thorough process and we take it very seriously. You have a laundry list of titles on your resume: animal lover, model, best selling author, TV host. What are you working on now? I have been working with the Hallmark Channel and hosting The Hero Dog Awards each year as well as Kitten Summer Games and the annual Kitten Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday. We are in our fourth year. It’s pretty great because I’ve introduced them to NSALA which rescues the cats and dogs for the specials. All are adopted into loving families immediately after the tapings.  I always advocate for people to visit the adult cats and dogs in shelters before they meet the kittens and puppies. Most of the adult animals are perfect. Their owners passed away or the owners had to move and leave behind their perfect pets . . . it breaks my heart. They are sitting in their cages waiting for their person to come back. Please consider being their hero. It’s the most rewarding feeling in the world when you adopt an adult pet.

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ne of the benefits of privilege or success in a capitalistic society is the means to seek out those who are the very best, the most skillfully and creatively adept at their chosen craft to perform services, create experiences, or build things of unrivaled quality and character for us. Whether we are flush with superfluous currency or operate on a much tighter budget, it is no doubt one of the finer pleasures in life to have the opportunity to treat oneself to the very best there is in life. The work of artisans can seemingly flow so easily from their fingertips; yet, they can often leave one baffled, mesmerized, and beyond appreciative of the sheer human talent that exists in this universe. It’s often been said that average men or women simply want to be understood and appreciated for who they are. The artisan goes beyond giving us what we ordered; he or she routinely eclipses our expectations by creating a memory, an experience, or a look that in essence gives their patrons a piece of that artistan to take with them, and thereby, in effect, showing the greatest level of understanding for us, giving us more than what we simply need. When we take our work up to artisan level, regardless of what the going rate is for said service or piece of work, it is up to the recipient to reward the character and quality of what has been delivered or being received above the price being charged. Tipping is one way to illustrate that sometimes we simply just ought to pay more for what we get. Consider playing it forward and being an angel investor in supporting the flourishing of artisanry. And maybe that level of quality and character will grow and expand. Yes, we ought all to take greater pride in our work but sometimes, too, folks who take greater pride in the work and execute consistently are undercompensated. There is nothing like getting a great haircut or having an imperfect smile fixed. You know the kind: that makes you feel like a rock star when you are sitting in that chair imagining you are even finer than you truly are. And, yes, the kind which week after week seems to grow in artfully and strategically. Vidal Sassoon famously stated, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.” While attending Boston University on scholarship, financial aid, and work study, the last place I ever expected to be getting haircuts was at Vidal Sassoon from anyone associated with that guy on television. But there I was one summer vacation on Fifth

Avenue in the GM Building Plaza courtesy of the mother of my then girlfriend Lisa Weinstein. She in effect treated me for all the time I spent treating her daughter on my work study budget. Or maybe they just knew I could look better than I actually did. Anyway, I did not resist and in my early 20s I experienced the magic. Years later another girlfriend took me away from my local barbershop to Frederic Fekkai, perhaps for the very same reasons. There are worse things than doting girlfriends who wanted me to look better than I did. The confidence of a great haircut is transformative. You damn well know you look good when you leave that chair and walk out of the salon. VALERY JOSEPH: THE ARCHITECTURE OF STYLE A few years ago, in the midst of taking photos of some female socialites who happened to have rather spectacular looking hairstyles, I rather conveniently met Revi Joseph, the wife of Valery Joseph, the stylist who created all their styles. At the time, I was in the midst of my own mid-life crisis, having had some disturbing news on the health front. Yet, I still had this head of hair that would grow. I wanted to have that youthful feel of longer hair, the way I did in the 1970s and early ’80s. Society had become more flexible and it was increasingly less required to have short hair in the professional world. Valery Joseph has become Manhattan society’s stylist to the bold and the beautiful, the uber-elite, and those aspiring to be. While Valery has been in New York for more than 20 years, with a significant presence that started in the heart of the Upper East Side on Madison Avenue, his business has expanded organically by the sheer force of his salon’s reputation for consistently providing a high level of quality, hospitality, customer care, and a unique beautifying style that incorporates Valery Joseph’s never ending learning curve from traversing the world of fashion and media throughout the globe. Valery and his team of extraordinarily talented stylists succeed everywhere there is a demanding and discerning clientele. He has Social Life

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three salons on the Upper East Side, one on Central Park West, and one in Bridgehampton. It is not just Val’s salon presence that is expanding, so are his products. His line of Long by Valery Joseph shampoos and conditioners are in his salons and online at and Valery Joseph Salon is a salon like no other that I have ever visited. It is exceedingly well run, meticulously clean, and the customer service is beyond impeccable. At Valery Joseph, they anticipate your every need, routinely provide excellent customer service without being annoying. The environment is suitably upscale yet comfortable. It never shocks me whose hair might be getting cut before or after mine, including women from the most prominent New York families to newsmakers, business moguls, and the fashionable elite. Valery Joseph’s success would seem to emanate from several factors. The tall, athletic, model-like Russian-born hairstylist got his start after he emigrated with his family to Israel. Valery grew up in a loving home that taught him the value of education and the importance of listening, respect, caring for others, and friendship. It was in Israel where he first got a degree in architecture. When he was a soldier in the tank division of the Israeli Army, an injury forced him to attend hairdressing school. He started cutting hair for male and female soldiers at an army base salon. Valery learned a valuable lesson at that salon: “The army taught me the value of building relationships based on trust, responsibility and loyalty.” It is this type of relationship that Val forged with his clients early in his career.

Many of his clients have become his friends. Valery’s sources of inspiration are Vidal Sassoon, Frank Gehry, and Tom Ford: I believe in free-style haircuts and looks. I cut very softly. My inspiration drives from street fashion of the ’70s and ’80s bohemian chic, in part which I still incorporate in my haircuts today. Tom Ford with Gucci late ’80s to mid ’90s created this beautiful sexy elegant bohemian chic with his fashion. He inspired the whole industry and me personally. Given my background in architecture, when I was learning my trade and establishing my professional reputation, Vidal Sassoon inspired me when he created geometric angles for the structured bob haircut. From that I began to think differently and creatively, drawing upon my architectural background, it really drew my attention to create the right foundation for my clients regardless of their hair length — the rest is soft layers with soft finishes and touches. When I think of movements, I think of the architect Frank Gehry and the 76-story skyscraper known as 8 Spruce Street, originally known as the Beekman Tower that gives a look of movement even at rest. Valery Joseph’s artisanry not only emanates from his family, the Israeli military, the highest levels of international fashion and style but also from creating in his work environment a loving, family atmosphere where the learning curve and passion for learning how to serve his clientele never ends.



Giving of oneself is the greatest gift you can offer humanity. Annie Falk is so many things, including someone I have had the pleasure to get to know and observe over the last decade. It is hard to pick one adjective or superlative to describe this renaissance woman, entrepreneur, wife, mother, hostess, philanthropist, and author of Hamptons Entertaining and Palm Beach Entertaining. But if she is someone you get used to encountering in life, she will undoubtedly be someone you come to miss if you do not see her for too long. From a lifetime of entertaining at the highest levels of society among discerning and influential people in Palm Beach, the Hamptons, and New York, Annie shares her curated collection of perfect party recipes, entertaining tips, and portraits of exquisite table settings, lush floral arrangements, dreamy gardens, and elaborately decorated homes. While the book focus has been on tabletops, recipes, and some of the bold-faced names featured in the book, the author Maureen Sherry, said it most eloquently: “It’s a book about entertaining with the key ingredients really being friends, family, and sustainability.” True to form, Annie has donated all of the net proceeds from Palm Beach Entertaining to the Children’s Home Society of Florida and her new book, Hamptons Entertaining, benefits the PeconicBaykeeper, whose conservation and management initiatives not only help preserve the vitality and health of our waterways but also address the question of how we can all help heal the damage we’ve done. Now more than ever, the challenges from pollution and overpopulation on the East End are being felt in symbolic and significant ways that can no longer be ignored. Founded to solidify a strong multi-generational commitment to community service and philanthropy, The Michael and Annie Falk Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and to preserving our environment by protecting animals and conserving natural resources. The foundation also supports and funds nonprofit organizations responding to environmental emergencies that adversely affect families and negatively impact the environment. The woman I consider a comfortable perfectionist, with a knack for creating a Zen-like atmosphere in all that she does, gives a rather straightforward and earnest rationale for entertaining: “I entertain to spend time with people I care about and find interesting; I want my guests to enjoy a memorable, enriching visit so that they’ll return when I invite them again.”

Annie’s love and commitment to the success of a project is unwavering and is reflected in every prescription that she offers to enhance the mood, vibrancy, and glorious nature of any type of event, big or small. Her attention to detail enhances intimacy and gives the feeling to your guests that you have truly concerned yourself with their fulfillment at your gathering. But Annie offers some qualification: I wasn’t always a comfortable perfectionist, and like so many hostesses I’d work myself into a tizzy trying to get it all right. I quickly realized that the more relaxed I was, the more relaxed and at home my guests felt. Meticulous planning behind the scenes is a must and while anticipating every circumstance may not be possible (I’ve seen some very unpredictable things happen), keeping things in perspective is. Learn to laugh at yourself! What is within your control is to anticipate your guests’ needs and to do your best to insure they feel well taken care of. Being mindful of dietary preferences, offer a wrap on a cold evening, or a foot bath and fresh towels after a beach party. These extra efforts will put your guests at ease and assure them you have given thoughtful consideration to their comfort and value their presence. Annie believes that “having balance in life, no matter what you do, will most certainly carry over to all you do. I meditate often, practice yoga a couple of times per week, and recently returned to SoulCycle, among other things.” Very few people can teach you a whole lot in the character and integrity of how they carry themselves and how they choose to love and be a source of inspiration for their family, friends, community, and country. Annie Falk is one of those quietly heroic people who remind you of those of the greatest generation: people who were so frankly better than they would ever tell you they were but who nevertheless illustrated regularly a commitment to being a better version of themselves tomorrow than they were yesterday. Annie’s gift is her ability to express and illustrate love in all that she does together with her passion for entertaining and philanthropy. Her books, charitable giving, and commitment to her community and this country make her a model citizen as well as a thoughtful resource on entertaining and sustainable living. For more information visit or Social Life

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JULIANNA MELAMED-FREID: CREATING MAGIC and FACILITATING DREAMS Julianna Melamed-Fried — a Fort Lee, New Jersey–born, English literature major at Montclair State University — had initially been considering a legal career after graduating from college when a chance meeting resulted in her starting as the P.A. to Hank Fried, the CEO of Impulsive Group and one of the more intuitive and creative entrepreneurs in the New York hospitality industry. The boutique luxury hotelier had his famed Sanctuary Hotel in the heart of Times Square named International Hotel of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards in 2011, only six months after it opened. Once Julianna recognized her passion and that her future was in the hospitality industry, she left Sanctuary and went to work at Luxury Attaché, a high-end concierge service. After a great learning experience honing a passion for providing an elite global clientele world class service, Hank, her then boyfriend and now husband, offered her what she calls, “the opportunity of a lifetime” to create the events and marketing department at the Sanctuary Hotel. Julianna thrived in that role, fully capitalizing on the hotel’s elegant and urbane atmosphere and the burgeoning renaissance of Times Square. As the director of events and marketing at the Sanctuary Hotel, Julianna’s passion for creating and organizing successful events flourished. She came to love all aspects of event production: I realized that this is what I was meant to do. I love all aspects

of throwing an event from the beginning stages of site-tours and contracting to event production and breakdown, and I’ve even been known to dive into the kitchen as a line cook or server when needed! I realized that as the volume and depth of the events grew, so did my passion for planning them. After six years, proud of her accomplishments, she was ready for a new challenge. Julianna was given an amazing opportunity by John McDonald, the CEO of Mercer Street Hospitality Group, to centralize the events and marketing department at his company. In the summer of 2016, with this extraordinary experience under her belt, Julianna felt ready to go out on her own so that she can use her ingenuity, creativity, and experience to manifest her own dream: the art of planning the perfect event. I approach a challenge as an exciting opportunity to use my creativity and problem solving skills to create magic. The success of an event is greatly measured by the memories it creates for both the host and their guests. I am driven to produce unique and personalized parties that leave a lasting impression and capture a moment in time for everyone in attendance. Julianna’s artisanry as an event planner stems in part from her understanding that her role is to create magic. It is also, however, part and parcel of the life that she has come to lead. “I love this work so much that today I consider my role as an event planner part of my identity.” It is truly rare to get someone with the combination of skills, work ethic, experience, creativity, discipline. and discerning taste of Mrs. Melamed-Freid. Julianna lives the life that you want to lead but she also has a fabulously strong work ethic from years in the hospitality industry and is thus indubitably aware of the relatively high expectations of those who have a multitude of choices and the disposable income to indulge. What she brings is overwhelming ability, relentless drive, and a passion to execute. I am confident that I can deliver the perfect party no matter the circumstances. I am highly skilled and experienced in the art of throwing a successful event for people with discerning taste. I understand the jet-setter’s expectations because I have the same ones for my own events. I have been extremely fortunate to have traveled to some of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in the world and, therefore, I have learned and experienced firsthand the level of service and quality of goods from the most elite hotels and restaurants that exist. From lavish parties in the South of France to the exotic jungle of Richard Branson’s Necker Island, I am constantly inspired by my travels and experiences and this inspiration always ends up in my work. If a client were to tell me they wanted to throw a wedding on a private island, or a birthday in Ibiza, I would have a plethora of choices for them based on my own experiences rather than that of a travel guide. If you meet Julianna, you will find someone poised, charming, earnest and incredibly real, but you will also get someone who has


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Dr. Aristides Rotsos: Dental Artistry Aristides Rotsos, DDS, the founder of New York Dental, a cosmetic and implant dentistry located in Astoria, Queens, is one of the true finds in advanced cosmetic dentistry in the New York tri-state area. Dr. Rotsos is a graduate of Tufts University Dental School, in Massachusetts. New York Dental is a state-of-the-art dental practice established in January of 2003 with cosmetic and implant dentistry as two of its focal points. The practice is at the forefront of new technology and offers a wide range of non-metal restorative options for patients who shun dental amalgam fillings or the use of any metal in their mouth. While Dr. Rotsos and New York Dental employ the most modern methods in dentistry, as a patient one has the sense that he embodies the deliberate process and meticulousness of Old World European craftsmanship and there is a passion and love of his profession or craft that transcends simply wanting to do a good job, but to change the life of the patient. After all, a smile is a powerful thing and many folks with less than perfect teeth are not always keen to show them. Dr. Rotsos described his defining moment as follows: I was born in Athens, Greece. My family emigrated to South Africa when I was at the age of three. I was 11 years old when we returned back to Greece and after high school, I opted to come to the States for college. Till this day, it has proven to be one of the best decisions I’ve

made. In 1987, I came to the United States with one of my childhood friends who always wanted to be a dentist. I was more interested in computers at the time, as Microsoft was starting to become popular with its Windows operating system. One day during our sophomore year, we happened to look at some dental magazines my friend had borrowed from a pre-dent student. The images were impressive and I immediately realized the positive impact a dentist can have in people’s lives. That was my defining moment. I knew then that I wanted to become a cosmetic dentist.” Dr. Rotsos is still mesmerized by the teachings of Aristotle and Plato. Likewise cornerstone values of ethicality, morality, and honesty, which formed the foundation of his youth, have helped in the evolution of his personal and professional life in the United States. He remains undaunted by new challenges. Instead, he sees them as exciting developments that are taking place in the dental profession, and have the potential to impact every restorative-based dental practice now and into the future. Today, newly developed materials and techniques allow for minimally invasive dental treatments while optimizing long-term results. From new FDA-cleared lasers, to CAD/CAM systems providing same-day restorations and some of the most life-like materials I’ve seen in my 20 years of practicing, we have reached the pinnacle of efficiency and patient comfort. Dr. Rotsos reminds us of the critical importance of preventative care. The mouth is a precursor to many chronic cardiovascular, circulatory, and other ailments. Many studies have concluded that early stages of gum and bone disease can put you at risk elsewhere in the body. The same bacteria that overtake the mouth causing inflammation and disease, travel in the bloodstream causing damage in other tissues like the blood vessels and the heart. Oral health is indeed a window to your overall health. Dr. Rotsos’s holistic outlook on the maintenance of dental health as a key to greater overall health is likely, in part, a result of his life partnership with wife, Mary Zotos, MS, RD, who has a master’s from Columbia University and is a registered dietitian. She has been a great source of input on formulating proper dietary prescriptions to fortify dental health. What many outside of Manhattan may not know is that Astoria, with its own burgeoning middle and upper middle class and a rather discerning citizenry, is not just a haven for great Greek cuisine, but is also increasingly a locale for some of New York City’s top physicians and dentists. In that realm Dr. Aristides Rotsos is a standout. Dr. Aristides Rotsos 23-02 29th Street Astoria 718.932.6666 Social Life

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Robert Chaloner the president and CEO of Southampton Hospital By Jean Shafiroff

ean Shafiroff, a longtime supporter of Southampton Hospital who has chaired several of its highly successful fundraisers, recently interviewed Robert Chaloner about changes at the medical institution and its future plans. How long have you been working as the president of Southampton Hospital? I was hired to take on the position of president in December of 2006. Previously, I was the chief executive officer of Cabrini Medical Center, which was located in Manhattan. When I first started at Southampton Hospital, we were struggling financially. It was an extremely difficult period for hospitals throughout New York State. The state had changed the way hospitals were reimbursed, and we had to find a new way to augment that repayment. We were successful in accomplishing this. I am proud to say that for the past several years we have ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals in New York State. What have been some of your biggest challenges? One of our biggest challenges has been to stabilize and increase the staff, including the number of nurses per floor. Another challenge has been to develop a full-time hospitalist program [in-house physicians who manage patients’ care during the hospital stay] and to improve our access to all hospital personnel and services. We now have 1,100 hospital employees. We also have a Meeting House Lane medical practice with an additional 100 staff members. There are 280 doctors on staff. Approximately 60 of these are full time. As a result of a program we started five years ago, we now have 75 medical residents. Young doctors often have difficulty living here because of the high costs. We provide initial subsidies in order to attract and keep good young doctors.

Tell us about your centers of excellence? First, we have The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. This center offers a wide spectrum of breast health services, including education, early detection screening, and breast cancer treatment and support. We also have The Jenny and John Paulson Emergency Department. In the summer months, we see a huge increase in the number of visitors to the hospital who require emergency services. We can now handle major trauma cases. We have a number of radiological diagnostic centers. We are physically remote out here. Sometimes the traffic is extremely heavy. People do not want to drive from Montauk to Southampton Hospital. Therefore, we have opened labs and radiology centers in East Hampton, Southampton, Hampton Bays, and Westhampton. All of these centers are digitally linked. Next we have the Ed and Phyllis Davis Wellness Institute. This center offers integrative and behavioral medical services, including yoga, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling. Its main location is in Southampton, with a satellite center in Hampton Bays. We also bring these services into the community. Social Life

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We have the Center for Advanced Wound Healing as there are many diabetics in the community who need the services provided by this center. We also have the Audrey and Martin Gruss Heart and Stroke Center that focuses on a variety of clinical health issues, including vascular diseases. Finally, we have the Kathleen D. Allen Maternity Center, providing important services to new and growing families. When will Southampton Hospital become a part of Stony Brook University Hospital? We have an agreement in place, and this should occur in the next several months. We are very excited about this. When will The Phillips Family Cancer Center open? We plan to break ground in the fall of 2016 on a site along County Road 39 in Southampton. Our goal is to open in late 2017. This center will provide radiation and chemotherapy as well as support services that will be conveniently located in our community. What will Southampton Hospital look like in ten years? My dream is that there will be a brand new hospital on the grounds of the old Southampton College. We hope to have a number of buildings on the site. We expect to have a number of laboratory and testing facilities as well as a variety of community-based health facilities operated by our hospital throughout the South Fork. How important is philanthropy? The hospital could not have started without philanthropy and it would not survive as well. Jean, you have hosted some of the most successful fundraisers the hospital has ever had. We are lucky to have you and others who help us. To learn more about Southampton Hospital and to donate, go to or call 631.726.8700.

Mayor Mark Epley, Audrey Gruss, Robert Chaloner. Photo by Patrick McMullan

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About robert chaloner Robert Chaloner has more than 35 years of healthcare administrative experience and a strong passion for transforming struggling community hospitals and health systems. As the president and CEO of Southampton Hospital, Mr. Chaloner has been actively engaged in stabilizing and rebuilding the hospital’s financial and operating performance. Currently he is leading the hospital’s integration with Stony Brook Medicine. During the last ten years, he has overseen a hospital-wide renovation with state-of-the-art technology throughout and has guided and launched the development of centers of excellence, including breast health, stroke care, emergency trauma services, vascular services, wellness, and women’s health programs. He has also led the creation of a large physicianenterprise and development of an integrated regional healthcare delivery system across the South Fork. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. Chaloner has served on the board of many health care and community service organizations. About Jean Shafiroff Jean Shafiroff, a philanthropist, a humanitarian, and an author, is a volunteer leader and fundraiser of several charitable causes. She serves on the boards for seven philanthropic organizations, including New York Women’s Foundation, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, JBFCS, The Couture Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the honorary board of the Southampton Animal Shelter. She has chaired the Southampton Hospital gala three times, helping the hospital raise $5.4 million from those events. Jean is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make a Life By What You Give. She is married to Martin D. Shafiroff, an investments advisor and together they have two daughters. She and her family reside in Manhattan and Southampton.



1. Melanie Wambold, Mayor Mark Epley 2. Susan Bourdea, Howard Lorber 3. Julie Ratner, Sam Eskenazi 4. Jean Shafiroff, Chuck Scarborough 5.Bob Chaloner 6. Ann Liguori, Scott Vallary 7. Marjorie Federbush, Lex Federbush 8. Sara Herbert Galloway, Barry Klarberg 9. Alessandra Hubell, Dr. John Hubbell 10. Tess Gonnella

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Super Saturday to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance at Nova's Ark

Watermill Summer Cocktail Benefit at the Watermill Center

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Kozu Restaurant Hosts Summer Party with RHONY’s Ramona Singer

Union Cantina’s Health & Wellness Party

Lawrence Scott hosts Exclusive Summer Party in the Hamptons

Southampton’s new Japanese fusion restaurant Kozu held a summer 2016 party with RHONY’s Ramona Singer. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with restaurateur Zach Erdem, while tasting delectable hors d'oeuvres from the Japanese-Peruvian inspired kitchen.

Southampton’s new modern Mexican restaurant Union Cantina hosted a health & wellness party. The event was followed by an exclusive screening of the Spike documentary I am JFK Jr. at the Southampton Inn.

Larry Scott hosted a summer gathering at his home in the Hamptons. Guests mingled while enjoying hors d’oeuvres served by waiters dressed in “Keep Calm and Live like Larry” tees. Part of what sets Scott’s style apart is his innate understanding of his guests and making everyone feel included.

Zach Erdem

Chris Cuomo, Cristina Cuomo, Derik Murray, RoseMarie Terenzio

Larry Scott, Saul Katz, Owner of the NY Mets, Iris katz

Ramona Singer

Paul Delaney, Wendy Delaney, Brian Steel

Michael Strahan

Lauren Day Roberts

Sarah Wragge, Rosanna Scotto

Sheila Rosenblum, Lucia Hwong Gordon

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Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff chairs Starry Night Gala

Jill Zarin’s 4th Annual Luxury Luncheon

In addition to primary media partner Artnet. Cocktails by Stoli Elit Ultra Luxury vodka, mixed with refreshing and flowery Belvoir Fruit Farms lemonades, while mingling with the artists of the upcoming Accessible Art Fair inaugural New York edition. The Stoli Elit team brought along its stunning ballerinas to entertain guests. Brussels Airlines provided a Sharingbox customized photo booth to offer guests a fun and memorable experience.

New York philanthropist Jean Shafiroff chaired the Starry Night Gala. The Ellen Hermanson Foundation proudly honored Jennifer Finkelstein of 5 Under 40 Foundation and the doctors, nurses and medical staff of The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center of Southampton Hospital.

Jill Zarin and husband Bobby Zarin hosted Jill Zarin’s 4th Annual Luxury EXPEREINCE NERVANA Luncheon to benefit The Eric Trump Foundation/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Notable sponsors were Hampton Salt and Lux Beauty Club. Celebrity guests such as Jonathan Cheban, Joson Binn, and Real Housewives Vicki Gunvalson (The OC), Cynthia Bailey (Atlanta), Kathy Wakile (New Jersey), and Kirsten Taekman (NY).

Maria van Vlodrop, Ara Ohanian, Stephanie Manasseh

Jean Shafiroff, Jennifer Finkelstein

Bobby Zarin, Jill Zarin

Pieter Vanderbeeken, Christophe Allard

Erica Rivera, Geraldo Rivera

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Southampton Animal Shelter

Larry Rivers Vered Gallery

Audrey Gruss, the founder of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, led the Walk of Hope and Shop for Hope around Southampton and to Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Theory. Mayor Mark Epley welcomed 200, including Jay McInerney, Karen and Richard LeFrak, Sharon Bush, and Marianne Bertuna. HDRF’s fall event will honor Anderson Cooper on November 15.

Author Jean Shafiroff chaired the Southampton Animal Shelter’s Unconditional Love gala. Animal advocate Chuck Scarborough was the night’s MC. Georgina Bloomberg, Carolyn Mahoney, John Catsimatidis and Jonathan McCann danced to the Alex Donner Orchestra and ate a delicious dinner by Robbins-Wolfe Eventeurs. The night honored El Faro de Los Animales, a rescue group in Puerto Rico.

Gallerist Janet Lehr curated a show by Larry Rivers titled Me and My Shadow, Opedius Rex and Legs at the Vered Gallery in East Hampton. The exhibit of sculptures and painted plaques of bugs ends September 12. The exhibition opening was hosted by Sam Rivers and Alan Alda’s daughter Beatrice Alda and Jennifer Brooks who made a documentary on Legs.

Richard LeFrak, Audrey Gruss, Martin Gruss

Alex Donner, Jean Shafiroff

Michael Goldberg, Janet Lehr, Jeryl Goldberg

Alex Bard, Krista Bard

Ellen Scarborough, Chuck Scarborough

Cole Rumbough, Cornelia Bregman

Janna Bullock, Kim Heirston Evans, Lucia Hwong Gordon

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NIGHTLIFE By Joe Alexander with Photographs by Patrick McMullan

Jason Bourne Steals the Summer Jason Bourne is the action film of the summer; it’s razor sharp and faster than a speeding bullet. Matt Damon said, “For the first Bourne movie I was 29 and I thought that was hard work getting into shape. Now I’m 45 and it’s just brutal. I was on a strict diet and spent a lot of time in the gym making myself miserable. So maybe for the next one Bourne will be fat, happy, and old!” Co-star Alicia Vikander summed it up, “We closed off the strip in Las Vegas and blew sh*t up.” Jennifer Garner, featured in the comedy Nine Lives with Christopher Walken and Kevin Spacey, said, “In my teens, I was never part of the cool crowd.” . . . Sausage Party stars James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, and Seth Rogan who said, “It’s our goal to turn children off of food; we thought, What if our food had feelings? And then we thought. It’d be super messed up because we eat our food and it would be a horrible existence for them. And that’s what birthed the movie Sausage Party.” . . . War Dogs, a comedy/crime film about partying and arms-trading stars Miles Teller and Jonah Hill, who said of his character, “I wanted to play Efraim because he is one bizarre, messed-up character.” Hell or High Water is an outlaw movie with Ben Foster and Chris Pine, who confessed, “I don’t get recognized very much.” Lucky Chris!

Lauren Miller, Seth Rogen @ Sausage Party Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander @Jason Bourne Jennifer Garner @ Nine Lives

Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk @ War Dogs

The Watermill Center Avant-garde director Robert Wilson’s annual Watermill Center benefit raised $2 million to support the year-round artist residency programs. The auction included over 125 pieces donated by artists, including Marina Abramovic, Donald Baechler, Annie Leibovitz, Henry Taylor, and Dustin Yellin. This year’s happening was dubbed FADA House of Madness and was once again the summer’s most intriguing evening. Over 130 emerging artists from 28 countries created performances on the grounds. Performances included being greeted along a bamboo entrance path by Jacques Reynaud’s Angels of Apocalypse, who wielded enormous swords and 6-foot pink feathered wings; John Margarita’s One Ton Tank, which consisted of a man in a box filled with water doing slow-motion moves underwater while wearing a weight belt and a speedo; an enormous replica of a black plane doing a nosedive into the stone patio; an anti-Donald Trump installation featuring an electric chair by Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova; and other outrageous wonders, including the artist collective Bruce High Quality Foundation, which presented As We Lay Dying, a variety of works and performances — interspersed throughout the center’s grounds — that were a reflection on the contemporary world. Among those wandering through the art-filled eight acres were Wilson’s muse and patron Inga Maren Otto,

Ben Foster, Chris Pine @ Hell or High Water

Kate Eberstadt, RobertWilson, Inga Maren Otto @ Watermill Center

Campion and Tatiana Platt @ Audebon Island Sanctuary Cocktails

Miles Teller, Keleigh Sperry @ War Dogs

Randy Harris, Amanda Hearst @ Alzheimer’s Gala Kick Off

Jean Sharifoff @ Watermill Center

Anne Hearst McInerney, Karyn Kornfeld, Yasmin Aga Khan @ Alzheimer’s Gala Kick Off

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s o ciety Diana Vreeland’s granddaughter Caroline Vreeland, Kathy and Rick Hilton, Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Chrisa Henchy, Mia Moretti, Alex Soros with a bevy of models (Hailey Clauson, Constance Jablonski, Alexandra Agoston), and others too artsy to mention. This year’s honoree was Madame Giancarla Berti. At the culmination of the party, Ja Rule performed, having stepped in for Kanye West, who had pulled out at the last minute but promised to perform next year. Plukka, the international fine jewelry retailer, supported The Watermill Center for the second year in a row. Bravo!

Shepard Fairey Kim Vernon, Jean Georges @ Topping Rose

Cassandra Seinedfeld @ Art Southampton

Jason Lyon, Bridget Morphew @ Art Southampton

Street artist Shepard Fairey, who created the iconic Obama Hope poster, gave Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff a portrait of their son, Perry J. Cohen, who was lost at sea when he was 14. The art will support the foundation they created in his name to promote boating safety education. The painting commemorated  the oneyear anniversary of Perry’s disappearance. Shepard will be honored with the Tony Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award at Art Wynwood in Miami in February 2017, which Korniloff owns along with Art Miami, Art NY, and Art Southampton.

Audubon Islands

Gal Jurick, Anthony Taccetta, Carl Banbina @ The Chosen Few’s 2nd Anniversary

Melody Mayer @ Art Southampton

Campion and Tatiana Platt, Katie Carpenter, and Robin Leacock had a party to introduce their friends to the Audubon Islands Sanctuary, which is in Palm Beach. The cocktail attracted a sophisticated crowd, including Eric Schmidt (the chairman of Google), Cece Cord, Nicole Miller, and  Candace Bushnell. Dimitri and Robin Pauli who own Sant Ambroeus donated the treats.

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Shepard Fairey, Amanda Fairey @ P.S. 1 Art’s 25th Anniversary

Anne Hearst and Jay McInerney co-hosted the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth gala kick-off at their estate, Ash Grove Farm, in Water Mill. The gala’s founder, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, the daughter of Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth, and this year’s chair, Karyn Kornfeld, greeted honorees Bill Brand, the president of HSN, and hockey icon Brendan Shanahan. The benefit will be held in NYC on October 25. Guests included Diandra Douglas and her adorable children; Alexandra Lebenthal; Steve Kroft; Harry and Laura Slatkin; Alina Cho. Michael Cerbelli @ Art Southampton

Larry Wohl, Leesa Rowland @ Hope For Depression Research Foundation’s Kick-off

Nancy Chemtob @ Art Southampton

Tony Ingrao, Linda Fargo @ Tribeca Ball

Hank Freid and performer @ Haven Rooftop

Tasting Table The new go-to website and newsletter for discerning dining advice and recipes is Tasting Table. It held its first event out East at JeanGeorges Vongerichten’s extraordinary new restaurant, Topping Rose House, in Bridgehampton. The delish walk-around tasting menu included wild striped bass with summer squash, BBQ lamb chops, parmesan-crusted chicken with garden turnips and lemonbasil butter. Yum! Paul McCartney, Kelly Rutherford, Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos, and Barbara Walters have all been spotted dining here.

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Twin Peaks Real estate power agents Erica Grossman and Michaela Keszler of Douglas Elliman hosted a cocktail party gathering at 9 Olde Towne Lane in Southampton Village. The recently completed masterpiece estate by Kean Development, known as “Twin Peaks,” was the guest of honor. The $39.5 million four-level property sits on 4 acres and features 15,000 square feet of luxury.

Hampton Designer Showhouse Preview Cocktail Party A showcase for America’s premier design talent opened with a gala preview cocktail party, with proceeds benefiting Southampton Hospital. Mario Buatta was the honorary showhouse chair, with Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton as the honorary design co-chairs. The 16th year featured 25 top interior designers and decorative artists who turned a traditional shingle-style house into a decorating masterpiece. Exclusive listing by Saunders & Associates.

Erica Grossman, Michaela Keszle

Robert Bakes, Sharon Bakes

Lauren McGrath, Suzanne McGrath

Gary DePersia, Lauren Muss

Andrew Gates, Erin Gates

Dawn Bodenchak, Adrienne Baranoff, Nancy Pearson

Harald Grant, John Kean

Diane Guariglia, Lily Calia

Frank Bodenchak, Lindsey Waldrep


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A Night of Chefs and Champagne for Elephants | August 12 Antonella Bertello, Georgina Bloomberg, Cornelia Guest, and Veterinarians International (VI) will celebrate World Elephant Day at the renowned Baker House in East Hampton. Begin by meeting animal lovers from your community over locally sourced food prepared by nationally acclaimed chefs. Guests will enjoy a Champagne-pairing course by award-winning food writer and chef Jodi Moreno. Awards will be presented to animal advocate Christie Brinkley. Asian elephant expert Richard Lair. A live auction for a week’s excursion with VI’s founding president, Dr. Scarlett Magda, helping elephants and other animals in Thailand, will round off the night. vetsinternational.

Authors Night | August 13 The founding co-chairs Alec Baldwin and Barbara Goldsmith join 100 distinguished authors across all genres at the East Hampton Library’s Authors Night. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the authors’ book signing reception, where guests enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the authors, buy their books, and have them personally inscribed. At 8 p.m., guests will enjoy dinner at a private home. 2016 guest authors include Christie Brinkley, Robert A. Caro, Dick Cavett, Mary Higgins Clark, Nelson DeMille, Delia Ephron, Ina Garten, Paul Goldberger, Ambassador Christopher R. Hill, Erica Jong, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pavone, Eric Ripert, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Marianne Williamson.

Bow Wow Meow Ball | August 20 A summer party at Animal Rescue Fund’s (ARF) adoption center to celebrate ARF’s lifesaving work, this year honoring Katharina Otto-Bernstein. Cocktails, dinner, and dancing to the Peter Duchin Orchestra, followed by silent and live auctions will make for a memorable evening. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons.


Turning back time By Blaine Whitehouse


nyone can show you a house, but if you’re in the market for a true showpiece, only Gary DePersia has the listings this season.

“One of the hottest things in any market is a reclaimed barn and environs,” says Gary. “So, imagine an entire compound of reclamation. You’ve got to see it to believe it.” Hedges Lane, Sagaponack The Barns on Hedges Lane Awash in Sagaponack sea breezes, this stunning compound sprawling across four lush acres is a nod to its agrarian past while celebrating the best of what’s new. Hedges Lane presents an unparalleled opportunity in Sagaponack, the nexus of the Hamptons lifestyle. An 1880s wooden barn, anchoring this unique compound, has been variously renovated and expanded over the years to become a singular +/-4,000-square foot, three-bedroom, five-bath, light-filled country retreat.

Antique brick and vintage wood flooring spread out past the expansive living room to a media room, a den with a fireplace, a country kitchen, a dining room, and a guest bedroom. The comfortable master wing with a sitting room cum fireplace, a pair of baths, a private terrace, and ample closets is joined upstairs by a generous guest suite. Privacy and comfort can be reserved for special guests in an original 1930s farmhouse with a wraparound porch, updated and expanded to a six-bedroom guest house offering a living room with a fireplace, a full kitchen, and a dining room. A separate barn that has been transformed into a unique gym/ pool house with a full bath sits between the heated waters of the 45-foot Gunite pool and the sunken Har-tru tennis court. A two-car carriage house with an artist’s studio and a full bath above an office that was fashioned from an original chicken coop completes the array of buildings on the property. A lily pond, specimen trees, and plenty of room for expansion make this property a true golden egg. Offered at $17,950,000.


Luther Drive, Water Mill Luther Drive is among a handful of streets that are home to some of the Hamptons most exclusive properties. This house is no exception. Masterfully built, handsomely detailed, and exquisitely furnished, this +/-10,000-square-foot, six+ bedroom traditional sprawls across two very private acres and is a short stroll to Mecox Bay as well as ocean beaches. A gated drive wends its way to the arrival courtyard sheltered by a porte-cochère. The dramatic entry opens past a curving staircase to the gracious living room with a fireplace, gourmet eat-in-kitchen servicing the formal dining room, and a relaxed, secondary living room with a fireplace. Take pride in your domain from the fully outfitted office with a full bath (that could easily become a ground level guest suite). Nearby full-staff quarters and a three-car garage complete the first floor. The expansive master wing, warmed by its own fireplace, enjoys a luxurious, marble clad spa-like bath and a pair of walk-in closets. Three additional en suite bedrooms and a fully outfitted gym with steam and sauna open to a spacious deck. A finished lower level features a two-lane bowling alley, a home theatre, and a fully outfitted bar.

A large covered porch and unique attached pool cabana overlook the colorfully landscaped grounds as a sea of lawn frames the heated Gunite pool and full-size Har-Tru tennis court. With all this, plus proximity to everything that makes the Hamptons a world-class destination, this new offering is awaiting your inspection today. Offered at $13,900,000. Gary DePersia, licensed associate real estate broker, Corcoran. e/ c/ 516.380.0538

The Barns On Hedges Lane Sagaponack. With a nod to its agrarian past while celebrating the best of what’s new, an intriguing compound sprawling across 4 lush acres and awash in Sagaponack sea breezes, presents an unparalleled opportunity in the hamlet that has become the nexus of the Hampton lifestyle. An 1880’s wooden barn, anchoring this unique compound, has been variously renovated and expanded over the years to become a singular 4,000+/- sq. ft. 3 bedroom, 5 bath light filled, country retreat. Antique brick and vintage wood flooring spread out past the expansive living room to include media room, den with fireplace, country kitchen, dining room and guest bedroom. The comfortable master wing with fireplaced sitting room, a pair of baths, private terrace and ample closets is joined upstairs by a generous guest suite. Special invitees will find both privacy and comfort in an original 1930’s farmhouse with wraparound porch, updated and expanded to become 2,800 SF+/-, 6-bedroom guest house offering living room with fireplace, full kitchen and dining room. A separate barn which has been transformed into a unique gym/pool house with full bath sits between the heated waters of the 45’ Gunite pool and the sunken Har-tru tennis court. A two-car carriage house with artist studio and full bath above and an office fashioned from an original chicken coop complete the array of buildings on the property. The wisteria covered trellises shelter a brick patio perfect for those languorous lunches and moonlit dinners. Specimen trees, a burst of colorful flowers and a sea of lawn both front and back are joined by the water lily pond which can be traversed by its Japanese red painted wooden bridge. And should your plans for this expansive tableau include something more ambitious, you’ll be glad to know there is ample room to for a new, large residence to join some or all of what currently exists on this gorgeous 4 acre property only a short bike ride to ocean beaches. Call for your private tour today. Exclusive. $17.95M WEB# 16007


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Boxwoods Sagaponack. Take a first look at Sagaponack’s most exciting new offering. ‘One of life’s greatest luxuries is to own and to live in a great estate where we can breathe and relax. A place to enjoy with those we love the most. Where memories and friendships are formed to own forever’, muses James Michael Howard ( JMH) about Boxwoods, his latest, fully furnished, custom built 11,000 SF+/-, 7 bedroom masterpiece sprawling across 2.25 acres just a half mile to ocean beaches. A long driveway, meandering past a sunken tennis court, finishes at the arrival courtyard. ‘I wanted to design an expressive residence that was rich with detail and filled with light.’ JMH. An intimate foyer opens over oak f loors to common rooms including great room, library, custom kitchen with morning room as well as the guest master suite and an additional guest suite, all having a multi-layered design aesthetic that includes dramatic ceilings, elegant moldings, heated f loors, luxurious fixtures and bespoke fireplaces. Upstairs the master wing with fireplace offers his & her baths, multiple closets and south facing balcony. Two additional bedroom suites complete the 2nd f loor. The lower level has tiered home theatre, exercise room, living room with fireplace, two staff suites and massage room. An elevator services all f loors while Control 4 manages the entire estate which is powered by a 14 zone geothermal system augmented by a generator. A kaleidoscope of color cascades around Boxwoods as a mixture of specimen trees, colorful plantings and generous lawn embrace the dramatic 65’ mirror pool with spa serviced by dual pavilions with underground grotto that offers a view into the pool. Completely furnished, down to the smallest details, including a complete audio-visual package, Boxwoods is ready to enjoy the day you receive the keys. ‘If I could sum up in one word what all great estates should hold sacred, it would be imagination, a place that would be magical to its new owners.’ JMH. Co-Exclusive. $18.995M WEB# 36676

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For those who take summer seriously By Jacob Puck


oing grand – that’s the name of the game in the Hamptons this year. Whether close to the village or out to sea, this year’s late-summer offerings are breaking new ground in the market.

17 Terry’s Trail, East Hampton Acknowledged as one of the most gracious homes in East Hampton, this impressive Georgian-style residence was meticulously designed by a very prominent New York design team acting as their own client: the head of the architecture and design group at Parish-Hadley and a prominent interior designer whose projects have included several U.S. embassies. One would assume, then, that no detail has been compromised . . . and, if the level of attention it’s receiving is any indication (international magazine and books point to it as a masterpiece), assumptions are okay. Known as Hertenhof (Deer Court), it is located in the Grace Estate on 6+/- acres and was diligently completed in 2001 by master builder Dick Swanson. The Grace Estate dates back to the early 20th century when the W.R. Grace family purchased a large swath of land that had been home to one of the oldest

settlements on Long Island. Although the old Terry and Kirk family farms have long disappeared, much of the Grace property has been preserved. The floor plan includes an enfilade of grand public rooms, including a spacious living room with a fireplace, a dining room, and a delightful den/garden room, all of which face the lawns and pool at the rear of the house. Other rooms on the main floor include a gracious entrance foyer with a double-height ceiling and a fireplace, a kitchen, a two-bedroom suite with a bath and large dressing room, a bar off the foyer, a half-bath, a laundry room, and a pantry. The second floor includes a master bedroom suite with a fireplace, two guest bedrooms, and an office. The sixth bedroom, accessed by a separate staircase, is located over the twocar attached garage. You can’t miss the heated Gunite pool, pool house, and full basement with a workshop. The enclave offers privacy, yet it is just minutes from a wonderful bay beach and from East Hampton Village. Offered at $4,950,000 by James Oxnam e/ c/ 631.903.6111 Social Life

175 Ram Island, Shelter Island This grand Shelter Island waterfront estate overlooking the vast Gardiner’s Bay is a 5.4-acre property, bulkheaded for maximum protection. The immaculate house was built in 2002 and offers 8,000 square feet of living space. A two-story entrance foyer leads to the large living room with a fireplace and French doors that take full advantage of the majestic view. In addition to the formal dining room, the family room offers a great place to relax and enjoy the spectacular view. The first floor master bedroom is a luxurious suite with a fireplace and a sitting room. Upstairs are three additional bedrooms, four full baths, and four half-baths. The grounds are open and manicured offering a waterside heated pool and a large pool house with a changing room and bath. This is a special opportunity to acquire a beautiful and spacious waterfront retreat. Offered at $10,750,000 by Peter Turino and Christine Saar e/ c/ 631.235.9098 e/ c/631.903.6148



Celebrity Brokers New York’s Real Estate Sales & Marketing Aficionado By Carolina Cohen


fixture of the New York real estate set, Richard Nassimi is famous for his expertise and unrivaled track record in the sales and marketing of luxury residential developments. Known for delivering the maximum return on every property he represents, his success is based on strategic pre-development planning, creative marketing, and superior sales management. He’s also the go-to man for celebrities when they are seeking home havens in New York City. A consistent “Top 50” broker, according to The Real Deal real estate magazine, he leads The Nassimi Group, a team of seasoned professionals with unsurpassed expertise in sales, marketing, and negotiation. Richard’s track record for closing deals is recordbreaking, closing almost $1 billion throughout his sales and rental career. He has sealed the deal for celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Jeremy Lin, Bow Wow, and many more household names. Other groundbreaking deals he managed include the following: • Exclusive sales of residences at the critically acclaimed W New York Downtown ($20M bulk package) • Off-market Billionaire’s Row trophy property ($13M) • Multiple units at the Cipriani Club Residences at 55 Wall Street, a classic Beaux-Arts masterpiece • Upper East Side luxury properties (totaling over $10M and closed in 45 days) Chanel Korby, the director of business development at the Nassimi Group, explained that Nassimi himself is a brand name in the New York real estate world. “He is recognized as one of the leading marketers of luxury residential developments and is in high demand with many of the biggest developers as he has a unique ability to seamlessly bring together the various aspects of the sales process.” Chanel previously was a real estate agent for The Trump Organization, where she secured her first listing for $39M, which was the Upper East Side townhouse Waterfall Mansion. Founded in 2008 by Richard Nassimi, one of the leading marketers of luxury property in New York, The Nassimi Group is the exclusive sales representative for an array of premier properties, including projects in New York City, Florida, Nevada, California, Europe, and Asia. The Nassimi Group’s

team of seasoned professionals combines unsurpassed expertise in real estate development sales and marketing with an extensive network of international contacts. The Nassimi Group has rapidly become a leader in real estate marketing and sales, and has successfully managed over $1 billion in sales of commercial, retail, and residential properties in New York and around the world. “We work closely with developers, through all stages of a project, to define goals and pursue strategies that will maximize profits. As we continue to grow and expand our international network of properties, we find new opportunities to help our clients and partners succeed,” shared Nassimi. Social Life


Southampton | $29,900,000 | Occupying 4+ level, fully landscaped acres in the luxury estate community of Olde Towne, Tower House, is a superb shingle-style country home complete with pool, spa, tennis court, and attached cottage. Tower House’s main house is comprised of 8 full, en suite bedrooms of which 2 are master suites, 9 full and 3 half baths, elevator, 6 fireplaces, top-of-the-line kitchen, great room, breakfast room, billiard room, an extensive loggia off the living room and lounge with automatic screens and oversized 3-car garage. The lower level holds a theater, gym complex with sauna, steam and spa bath, lounge with full bar, wine room, and 2 en suite bedrooms. Custom Gunite pool with spa. Web# H27212



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Abraham Merchant Merchant Takes Manhattan By Lori Perry


erchants Hospitality, Inc. is a preëminent, full-service hospitality company: premier investors, owners, and developers of luxury residential and hotel properties, commercial buildings, and the owner of 18 top-rated restaurants. It brings authenticity and creativity to the marketplace that heightens unique experiences in lifestyle luxury. Merchant Hospitality’s vision and success result from the leadership of Abraham Merchant, the president and CEO; Adam Hochfelder, the managing director of Real Estate Acquisitions & Development; and Richard Cohn, a founding partner and counsel. The firm’s impressive and diverse portfolios include office buildings and restaurants such as 485 Fifth Avenue, currently home to the Hyatt Andaz; 260 Park Avenue South luxury condominium; The Westin Aruba Hotel & Resort; Industry Kitchen; Philippe Restaurant; and the award-winning SouthWestNY, among many others. Moreover, each restaurant concept provides its own take on experiential dining with distinctively creative menus, high quality food, extensive wine selections, and exceptional customer service amid attractive design and décor. We had the opportunity to speak with Abraham Merchant about the New York Super Craft Beer Festival and the Rio Olympics. How did the New York Super Craft Beer Festival come to fruition? When I first got into the scene, and I’m still trying to expand my experiences and knowledge I attended and continue to attend a few craft beer festivals a year. As someone with a long history in hospitality, I’m oftentimes a bit disappointed in the curation and the commercial nature of many of them. So, instead of commenting on the lack of selection, I created my own festival and introduced rare and hard-to-find beers with an all-day ticket structure instead of limiting people to sessions. Any plans on how Merchants Hospitality will celebrate the Olympics at your restaurants? Yes, we have recently added a new member to our leadership team. Brittany DeGirolamo, our new director of marketing, joined us in early July. One of her first initiatives was to bring a sense of community and celebration to our properties during the Summer Olympics. She’s implemented a special cocktail and food program at five plus restaurants, where we will be

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The Art of Bespoke Cabinetry By Kates Scalley


n an age of industrialization, machined parts, and assembly-line production, bespoke cabinetry calls back to a time when fine craftsmen worked with their hands to lovingly produce cabinetry unlike any other: intricate, beautiful, and of the highest quality. Cabinet Plant, a full-service architectural millwork and construction company on Staten Island, stands for the very best in design, craftsmanship, and attention to detail in bespoke kitchens and interior joinery. A Cabinet Plant kitchen is built to order: the tastes and way of life of the client are considered by a team of experienced artisans, craftsmen, and architects to create a kitchen that is designed for the space and the people who will use it. Every cabinet, drawer, and worktop is built to the precise dimensions of the client’s home, right down to the drawer inserts, which are laid to accommodate the kitchen user’s personal cutlery. The ultimate customization is designed lighting for both the kitchen and the cabinet interiors as well as surround sound — all controllable by a smartphone app.

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ADAM HOCHFELDER The Life of a Real Estate Mogul By Lori Perry


nown as the “Wharton Whiz Kid” for his fast rise to fame, Adam Hochfelder has the ability to leverage and close exclusive multimillion dollar deals with endless ambition, earning him an impressive portfolio. As the managing director of Real Estate Acquisitions & Development at Merchants Hospitality, Hochfelder is an investor, owner, and developer of real estate and hospitality properties, including luxury residential and hotel properties, commercial buildings, and some of NYC’s top-rated restaurants. We were fortunate to catch up with Hochfelder to discuss his career, philanthropic endeavors, and his recent nuptials to Lisa Damiani. What attracted you to take on a career in real estate? I got my first job at an internship at Newmark & Company before graduating from Wharton’s real estate program at the University of Pennsylvania. I was fully entrenched in all areas of business which combined finance, brick and mortar, and human capital. This fueled my love for real estate. Can you tell us about some of the properties and things you are working on today? We are currently developing a 200,000-square-foot luxury senior-living building on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. It will be NYC’s first super luxury building designed for seniors, complete with onsite doctors and nurses as well as healthy farm-to-table restaurants exclusively for the building residents. We are also developing a 100-room boutique hotel in the Hudson Yards area. It is an honor to work with Abraham Merchant and Richard Cohn, who are two of the smartest and most creative guys in the business. What inspires you to give back and help those in need? I’ve learned that our community is bigger than our business. Being successful isn’t measured necessarily by how much you’re worth, but by how much you give to those who really need it. I’ve funded the development of the NYC Parenting Center, which aids first-time mothers in need. I work with Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity, an initiative supporting low-income housing in New York and Philadelphia. I’m involved with The THRIVE Network, which supports individuals and families with disabilities. I also work with various youth sports organizations, empowering children on the importance of exercise and health.

Recently, you married Lisa Damiani, who is an accomplished singer. Can you tell me more about your relationship as well as your two sons, Henry and Preston, from your previous marriage? I truly married the woman of my dreams! Lisa is such a beautiful and talented woman who inspires me each and every day. We have such a deep love and bond and I truly look forward to our journey as husband and wife. My two sons, Preston and Henry, mean the world to me and I couldn’t be more proud of who they are as young men. Family is everything to me.



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orinthia Hotel London is a luxury hotel with a unique location near the River Thames, the iconic structures of British government and 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and a brisk stroll from the chic boutiques and dining of St. James’s and Mayfair. The Corinthia London’s history has an interesting historical pedigree. The establishment opened in the late 19th century with its brochure advertising virtues that would not be lost on the modern visitor. “That the hotel’s location . . . recommends it to ladies and families visiting the West End during the Season;

to travelers from Paris and the Continent, arriving from Dover and Folkestone at the Charing Cross Terminus; to Officers and others attending the levees at St James; to Ladies going to the Drawing Rooms, State Balls, and Concerts at Buckingham Palace; and to colonial and American visitors unused to the great world of London.” During the First and Second World Wars the hotel’s location led it to be requisitioned by the Government in order to provide extra space for administrating the conflicts. Room 474 was the first headquarters for SOE, what today is part of the Secret Intelligence Service of James Bond fame.



After the building was sold in the mid 2000s, an extensive refurbishment took its history full circle: back to its roots as a luxury destination in the heart of London. The hotel today boasts a number of rooms, suites, and penthouses all with Hypnos beds, Nespresso machines, and a Loewe television. Essential for recovery after a long trek throughout the city is the hotel’s beauty salon by Daniel Galvin and an extensive multi-floor spa, ESPA Life at Corinthia. Dining and entertaining options abound and are all first-rate experiences. Massimo Restaurant and Bar, a large open dining space with massive columns serves flawless Italian cuisine. The Northall restaurant, with The Embankment and River Thames beyond, serves impeccable, classic British food, created by the hotel’s international culinary director, Garry Hollihead. For afternoon tea or drinks the Lobby Lounge, illuminated by a custom Baccarat chandelier, is an exquisite venue. For evening drinks the more intimate Bassoon bar offers cocktails and classic drinks in

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Cartagena, Colombia Colonial charm collides with urbane chic By Anthony Giampetruzzi


ver since Michael Douglas’s character in Romancing the Stone uttered the word “Cartagena,” the Colombian port city (and, of course, the mythic Joan Wilder) has fascinated me. Sadly, it took me 30 some odd years to visit. What a waste of three decades. Cartagena (notoriously mispronounced by Douglas: the “n” in Cartagena is hard) is one of a small handful of Caribbean cities with the perfect mix of chic urbanity and well-preserved colonial charm. Upscale shops, restaurants, museums, and other points of interest are seamlessly integrated into the ancient hollows that line the narrow streets of the old city, where cascading bougainvillea, ubiquitous fruit vendors, and pastel walls conflate in a sensation of color. Large plazas provide navigation through this verdant oasis, all of which is surrounded by the largest and most well-preserved fortification in the Caribbean, perfect for an early morning jog or a romantic sunset stroll. Beyond? The Caribbean itself, with plenty of local and remote getaways. Well known as one of the safest and least off-putting cities in South America, Cartagena is a best-kept secret among the luxe set who enjoy authenticity and proximity. There is no shortage of lovely hotels and small inns to choose from, but if it’s extreme comfort and ultimate luxury you seek, the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara should be at the top of your very short list. Boasting the largest pool in the city, a collection of the area’s best restaurants, and an incomparable spa, Santa Clara is at the heart of the city while literally only steps from the shore.

The hotel is also steeped in history. The large but easily navigated building was originally constructed in 1621 as a convent, home to the Sisters of the Order of St. Claire. After a number of reincarnations, the complex was restored to heavenly splendor and now serves as a jewel in the Sofitel’s exclusive Legend portfolio. First thing’s first: getting settled into one of the 124 perfectly appointed rooms. Each Superior and Luxury room includes a pool and/or sea view and features Lanvin products, an LCD TV, a Bose SoundDock, a sinfully comfortable Sofitel MyBed, a Nespresso machine, and free (and reliable!) WiFi. For more space and an unforgettable splurge, the Presidential Suite Fernando Botero offers nearly 1,600 square feet of opulence and original paintings by Botero. Designed by Botero’s daughter, the interior designer Lina Botero, along with Gustavo Pinto and Sergio Castañeda, the space is vast and sophisticated with a unique Colombian touch. If the Fernando Botero is booked, the Iconic Junior Suite Legend will more than do. Both offer exceptional living spaces, unique art and furniture, and butler service (ask them to double up on the Hermès bath products — you’ll want to take a bottle or two home with you to show off in your guest room shower). Head to the pool and grab one of several private cabanas.

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In about half a second, Santa Clara staff will be at your side with a menu of specialty drinks and healthy eats. There’s no reason not to order a mojito. Once you’ve settled in, ask for a tour, especially if you’re in town looking for a location for a special event. Known for its historic charm, romantic sunsets, and tropical environments, Cartagena is the perfect setting for weddings, and Santa Clara’s seven function rooms that range from intimate to banquet size are complemented by a collection of open air courtyards and exquisite restaurants and bars. There is absolutely no shortage of space, even if the length of your guest list makes your father sweat. Sample the best craft cocktail menu in the city at the hotel’s bar, El Caro. Plan to do this around 6 p.m. so that at 6:30, you can witness a spectacular ritual: two “monks” solemnly dousing the interior of the courtyard and bar with captivating incense. Unreal. It should come as no surprise that one of the best dinner reservations in town is 1621, located within the hotel. To dine and drink here is to commit to an experience, one that unfolds luxuriously by the executive chef, Alexandre Isabel, and the resident sommelier. If it happens to be on the menu, go with the Provençal sea bass with braised fennel and beure blanc sauce.

Depending on your energy level, check out one of the many bars within walking distance, or sink into your MyBed. Do this only after contacting the concierge and requesting arrangements for a day trip to the Rosario Islands. Yep, skip the local sand and head about an hour out to sea for private, pristine beaches with beach-chair food and beverage service and on-beach massages. Rather do the massage — or one of the dozens of other services — a little closer to home? So Spa is a relaxation and beauty area, part of a one-of-a-kind wellness concept developed by the Sofitel brand for its hotels worldwide. Combining the traditions of ancient cultures with French cosmetology techniques and refinements, So Spa is your onsite escape from reality. Guests can enjoy personalized services in various environments, including a duo cabin, two VIP suites, five luxury treatment cabins, manicure and pedicure stations, relaxation areas, Turkish baths, solarium, and So Fit (a fullscale gym). Locales like Cartagena are few and far between, but, lucky for us, they pop onto the scene every now and again. So, while you’re waiting for Havana to come back on line, prep yourself in the ways of Spanish America with an upscale Colombian adventure.



The Magic of Cusco By Jeanette Zinno


nce a small town known for hosting backpackers, Cusco, Peru, has quickly become a destination for the traveler seeking a luxe adventure with an authentic Peruvian experience. Travelers are flocking to the new JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, which lies in the heart of Cusco’s Historical District, two blocks from the main square. The magnificent hotel was built on the grounds of the 16th-century San Agustin Convent and was meticulously restored to preserve a remarkable amount of history. The five-star hotel has stunning rooms, including the Inca Wall Room, which offers a view onto the wall of an Incan ruin. All rooms have built-in oxygen enriched systems to faciliate altitude acclimation. Jeanette Zinno at Machu Picchu

Front desk, photo courtesy of JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

The JW Marriott El Convento Cusco offers concierge serivce to coordinate any thinkable escapade. From chefguided tours of San Pedro Market to hundreds of archeological-sites, including two must-see trips: the legendary Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley’s magnificent salt ponds in the town of Maras. The off-site adventures are booked with trusted tour guides from Explorandes, which provides tourists with authentic life-changing experiences in Peru.

Jeanette Zinno at The Maras Salt Ponds

From Cusco, Machu Picchu is a three-hour train ride on Inca Rail. The trip surrounds you with views of incredible landscapes and mountain scenery. Once there, you have a choice of either hiking the trail or taking a quick bus ride from Aguas Calientes, which is the nearest town to the Sun Gate entrance. Machu Picchu is one of the most astonishing urban creations of the Inca empire and is truly a breathtaking experience. If you have time on your trip for another excursion, venture to The Sacred Valley and visit the Maras Salt Ponds, which are magnificent shallow ponds designed to extract salts from seawater. If you want to relax in between adventures, enjoy a pisco sour and ceviche from the hotel’s award winning Qespi Bar and lounge in the stunning courtyard. You can also unwind by indulging at the spa, which is equipped with a pool and jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna. Experience a spa treatment, inspired by the Inca calendar and their magic rituals, like the Anta Situwai massage, which includes an authentic ceremony.

Spa, photo courtesy of JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

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Deborah Szekely wellness warrior, founder of rancho la puerta By Joe Alexander

Joe Alexander is the travel editor and society columnist for Social Life Magazine. He focuses on culture, theatre, movies, and food. Joe was born in New York City. His stories have been featured in numerous national magazines, including Haute Living. Joe lives in Manhattan and Southampton.

Mother of the Modern Spa Movement Madonna, Kate Winslet, Governor Jerry Brown, and Arianna Huffington are all fans of Deborah Szekely, who co-founded Rancho La Puerta, the fitness resort and spa located an hour from San Diego in Tecate, Mexico, with her late husband, Edmond Szekely, over 75 years ago. This spritely 94-year-old is one of the country’s leading wellness crusaders. “Thinking out of the box, seeing, being aware, enjoying little things, and then enjoying what they do. These are the things that are so important.” Szekely launched Wellness Warrior, a nonprofit advocacy organization in 2012. “Connecting people is my specialty,” says Szekely about Wellness Warrior (, which aims to “educate, advocate, and organize” people to better the country’s health by eliminating toxins from food, the environment, and consumer products; promote wellness education; and make healthy food both affordable and accessible. “All the different nonprofits I created have to do with connecting people because then you get strength. It’s very nice to be powerful individually, but if you can bring people together it’s lasting,” said Szekely, known as the “mother of the modern spa movement.”

Hollywood’s Secret Spa Szekely’s pioneering fitness and health resort, Rancho la Puerta, was discovered in the 1940s by Hollywood luminaries such as Burt Lancaster, Kim Novak, and Bill Holden. Today, Rancho la Puerta attracts Oprah, Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, and the new Hollywood beauties with week-long programs, including Pilates and yoga, art classes, meditation, and cooking instruction. Szekely’s hoping to encourage a next generation of “health nuts” — a favorite descriptor for people like herself who “read labels, go to farmers’ markets, participate in a community garden, or have their own garden, and are active in taking responsibility

Founder of Rancho La Puerta Deborah Szekely

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Rancho La Puerta in the 1940s

for their own health.” Born in Far Rockaway Beach, Brooklyn, Szekely’s fascination with healthy living was developed at an early age when her family moved to Tahiti during the early 1930s to escape the Depression. “We were the only Americans on the island,” she remembers.

Edmond Szekely Szekely met her husband, Edmond, just after finishing high school and the couple married when she was 17. “He had never bought a train ticket, never learned to type, never learned to drive because he said that it interfered with the life of the mind. He was totally impractical but marvelous and charismatic and phenomenal,” she says of their first meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, when Edmond, the head of the British International Health and Education Center in Surrey, England, was on leave to write a book. “Everybody thought he was wonderful so I thought he was too. The minute he walked into a room, some way or another the energy of the room changed.”

Sacred Mountain Together the couple opened Rancho La Puerta, which today can run upwards of $6,500 a week; however, their first summer health camp in Tecate, Mexico, was decidedly more humble at $17.50 a week and bring your own tent. “It was years before we could buy property and it was little by little by little that we assembled the land,” she says of Rancho’s property that now spans 3,000 acres — 2,000 of which can never be developed and includes the famed Mount Kuchumaa, where Szekely’s deceased husband and son, Alex, are now buried. “When we got here, we heard some weird stories that it’s a sacred mountain and my husband said, ‘Oh, it’s just folklore,’ but after we’d been here a few years, they had a very major

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pow-wow on the mountain and tribes came from all over the United States. I know that we’re here because we were meant to be here. I really believe that and the reason Rancho la Puerta and the Golden Door are so successful is because we’re on the path that we’re supposed to be on.” The lessons taught at the resorts on how to lead a healthful, mindful life, Szekely has spent the last several decades trying to teach beyond the San Diego valley. She conceived of and funded Setting Course, a Congressional management manual, now in its 14th edition, which is used by all new members of Congress on how to transition into their new role and veteran members on how to manage an established office. At 94, Szekely is today setting up programs to ensure her mindful message lives on. “I’m building for the future,” she said. Yet with all her ambition and vigor, Szekely is realistic, if not decidedly determined, about that future. “I’m not going to say I’m going to do this for the next five or 10 years because I’m 94 and I’d be an idiot,” she laughs. “I’m trying to build something for the wellness people. I want the wellness establishment to have a voice.” 858.764.5500

Sacred Tree at Rancho La Puerta



rancho la puerta The World’s First Eco Resort By Joe Alexander

Natural Preserve Known as the “mother of the modern spa movement,” Deborah Szekely, now 94 and still involved in running Rancho, espoused healthful living since the beginning, focusing on natural and vegetarian foods and finding a balance between mind, body, and spirit before it was fashionable. But founder Deborah’s wellness principals extend beyond the body and mind to include the land as well; she donated 2,000 of the ranch’s acres to create a natural preserve that can never be built upon. For decades the spa has embraced the concept of what we now call farm-to-table dining. The family employed organic farming techniques from the start, and today the facilities include a full-fledged organic farm, called Rancho Tres Estrellas, serving the resort’s culinary needs.

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Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood Rancho la Puerta resort and spa, founded in 1940 in Tecate, Mexico, was North America’s first fitness spa, and 76 years later, the family-run retreat is more popular than ever, regarded as one the world’s top spas. What founders Deborah Szekely and her late husband, Edmond, started as a rustic summer camp to which guests brought their own tents has grown over the years into a 3,000-acre oasis featuring luxury accommodations, extensive wellness treatments, and organic gourmet dining. Travel + Leisure readers consistently vote Rancho la Puerta among the world’s top destination spas, and did so again in 2016. Rancho is now run by the Szekelys’ daughter, the landscape architect Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood.

The property’s farm and extensive gardens were greatly expanded by Sarah, who grew up on the resort, but studied landscape architecture and ecology at the University of Oregon. While in college, Sarah became active in Oregon’s pioneering “back to the land” movement, and helped to implement a soil conservation program in Nicaragua and a permaculture course in southern Mexico, all the while honing her understanding of green technologies. But Sarah really got her feel for the land while growing up amid her parents’ natural-living ethos on the ranch in the Baja Peninsula, surrounded by nature in the foothills of Mt. Kuchumaa. “I was a nature child at heart and spent hours quietly observing tadpoles, lizards, and clouds,” she says. “We had a beautiful cottage garden, a strawberry patch, mulberry and apricot trees, chickens, goats, and horses. I learned about herbal medicine and absorbed a lot of folk wisdom,” she adds. “This love of place continues to guide me in everything I do as president of Rancho La Puerta.”

Rancho Tres Estrellas Rancho La Puerta has undergone an extensive expansion and upgrade of its infrastructure, and Sarah started the organic farm at Tres Estrellas in 1984. “Many guests at Rancho La Puerta over the years have found the farm to be a highlight of their stay, whether they visit it via a breakfast hike and garden tour, a hands-on cooking class, or simply by spending a quiet morning weeding and harvesting in the garden,” she says. “Many guests return home with the desire and commitment to plant a garden of their own.” Social Life



The Organic Farm & Cooking School The resort’s organic farm, Rancho Tres Estrellas, produces a variety of herbs, vegetables, fruits and seasonal greens used in up to 95 percent of the meals served to guests. Crops include figs, pomegranates, heirloom tomatoes, heirloom melons, several varieties of eggplant, sweet potatoes, at least five types of basil, and the “three sisters” of Mexican cuisine: corn, squash, and beans. “We have strawberries almost all year round, blackberries, all the edible flowers we can think of, and a lot more,” says the executive chef, Denise Roa. The fact that organic produce tastes better fits with the Ranch’s philosophy because you don’t need to mask it with spices and sauces. “If you’re eating seasonal you always have the best quality, the right nutrients that you need for that time of year,” says Denise. “But also, when you eat well, exercise, and practice deep breathing, then read, listen to music or do things that you love, it’ll help you have an emotional balance.” She says that emotional balance will allow you to make better decisions.

The Kitchen That Sings The fresh produce is also used in the spa’s cooking school, La Cocina Que Canta — “The Kitchen that Sings”— which is located right on the premises of the organic farm. The school offers regular classes, and also invites internationally renowned guest chefs to teach, combining their own techniques with Rancho la Puerta’s healthy, light-style cuisine. In August, the chefs David Cohen and Dan Richer and the teacher and cookbook author Barbara Pool Fenzl are all slated to hold classes. Other guest instructors have included the famed cookbook author Patricia Wells, the École de Cuisine La Varenne founder Anne Willan, and the chefs John Ash and Deborah Madison. The classes are fun as well as informative, and make for a complete culinary experience in which the students create a meal, with all of the accompanying scents and sounds and colors and steam and laughter of cooking, and then dine together. And even though it’s important to eat sensibly and healthily, chef Denise emphasizes to spa guests that preparing and eating food should be pleasurable and gratifying. “Food should not be a punishment; food should be something that you really enjoy, a reward,” she says.



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Salvador Tinajero: Head Gardener

In the 1980s, Sarah redesigned much of the landscaping on the ranch, and today it’s a lush paradise. Now, nine gardeners tend 32 acres of gardens, and spa guests hike along trails bordered by wildflowers like baby blue eyes, desert hollyhock, silver puffs, wild peonies, and California goldfields. You’ll take in a seemingly endless variety of plants on a stroll through the grounds. There’s even a wildflower book available in the lounge, so you can familiarize yourself with the local flora. Yet again Rancho la Puerta was ahead of its time: it was probably the world’s first eco-resort, practicing sustainable gardening and conservation techniques since its beginning.

“Everything has always been organic, dating back to the earliest gardens at the ranch from 1940 on,” says Rancho la Puerta’s head gardener, Salvador Tinajero.“The most important thing we do is keep nutrients in the soil,” he explains. “We maintain the soil by making great compost, and also by using cover crops to put nitrogen back in the soil.” The cover crops Salavdor uses are greens and legumes.The garden is separated into six sections, and the team allows each section to rest at different times of the year. They preserve as much rainwater as possible, and canals guide it to areas where it is needed the most. “In order for the Social Life



garden — and people — to thrive, we have to be in harmony with plants, the environment, and the weather,” says Salvador. That, he explains, is respect for nature. “With respect and balance we can achieve having the best and healthiest plants to give us the best produce, and the best health.”

Bird Watching Also on the grounds is the Kuchumaa Passage, a sculptural sitespecific artwork at the edge of an oak grove. The piece was created to honor Mt. Kuchumaa, which the Kumeyaay, the indigenous tribespeople of the region, consider a sacred place from which all creation sprung. Made of local brick and rock, the piece was designed to reflect the textures of the mountain. The terrain varies on the ranch, from green gardens and cactus patches to the boulder-strewn mountain trails and grassy meadows. As a lush, green oasis with flowers, trees, and water, Rancho la Puerta is an attractive stop for an enormous variety of migrating birds, including herons, egrets, thrush, doves, and mockingbirds. Seasonal bird watching is a popular activity at the resort.

Conservation: Fundación La Puerta While Sarah Livia Szekely Brightwood says that the beauty of Rancho la Puerta is her most tangible achievement to date, she is most proud of what she has accomplished as the president of Fundación La Puerta, a nonprofit organization working with local people in Tecate. One of the foundation’s most successful projects is the Las Piedras Environmental Education Center, which works with teachers and students to learn about the environment. “Over 25,000 elementary school children have attended workshops at Las Piedras. These children are now beginning to create their own wildflower and vegetable gardens in their schools,” Sarah says. During the past few years, volunteers have collected over 100 tons of trash, held river clean-up sessions, and now the City of Tecate also allocates labor and resources to keep the river clean. The foundation’s regular Tecate river clean-ups, she believes, have helped to cultivate a sense of place and a culture of environmental stewardship among the townspeople.“It is the immeasurable difference that Fundación La Puerta has made in the lives of our young volunteers and the children of Tecate that gives me the most pleasure.”



Hotel Del Coronado The Perfect Family Beach Vacation By Rachel Stein


ocated on San Diego’s Coronado Island, the magnificent Hotel del Coronado is the ultimate California beach vacation. Since 1888, the iconic property has hosted 10 presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to George W. Bush, and many Hollywood celebrities from Gloria Swanson to Eva Mendes. The rich history of the property’s storied past blends with contemporary luxury in the resort’s 757 luxury guest rooms, including the renovated Victorian building and Beach Village, an ultra-exclusive enclave of 78 cottages and villas. This summer, I visited the resort with my family to enjoy the resort’s Grand American Beach Vacation experience. From surf camps, clambakes, and Surrey bike rentals to kid camps and beach spin classes, The Del’s seaside playground offered something for every member of the family. Even Marilyn Monroe tasted the grand American beach vacation experience when she stayed at Hotel del Coronado while filming Some Like It Hot. 

From the moment my family and I arrived at our suite with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, we were welcomed with first-class service. We enjoyed relaxing in a luxe daybed on the stunning beach, swimming at the main pool with VIP luxury cabanas, browsing The Del’s seventeen colorful shops, and enjoying ice cream and hand-rolled cones at Mootime Creamery. A special highlight was cooking s’mores at a private fire pit on the beach. Standout meals included a spectacular Sunday brunch in the Crown Room, which has an elegant Downton Abbey feel, and dinner at Enzo Pizzeria & Wine Bar savoring small plates and wood-fire pizzas. Every night, we would return to our room to find a seashell and inspiring quote left on our pillows. It was joyful falling asleep to the sound of waves and knowing we were creating family rituals that would last forever. Social Life





ocated near Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea, the majestic Highlands Inn is the perfect oceanfront hotel to explore one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. Perched overlooking the Big Sur coastline, each of the delightful 48-rooms offers wood-burning fireplaces and balconies with awe-inspiring views, especially at sunset. Enjoy the binoculars left in your room to search the ocean for sea lions, otters, and migrating whales. It’s easy to luxuriate while relaxing at the outdoor heated pool, enjoying yoga lessons, and relishing spa treatments in the privacy of your room. The hotel’s Pacific’s Edge Restaurant serves mouthwatering California coastal cuisine in a truly magnificent glass-walled space overlooking the sea. Under the helm of the chef, Chad Minton, the seasonal menus offer sensational fresh seafood, meats, and locally sourced produce. For live music and cocktails, the Sunset Lounge is a dazzling venue overlooking ocean vistas.

The hotel’s concierge, a member of the Les Clefs d’Or USA, the national organization of lobby concierges, looks after hotel guests and provides expert assistance with local attractions like enchanting Carmel-by-the-Sea (a seaside town once governed by former mayor Clint Eastwood), world-renowned golf courses like Pebble Beach, Monterey wine country, and Hearst Castle. Be sure to hike to McWay Waterfall in Big Sur’s Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and enjoy a meal afterward at the iconic Nepenthe, a magical cliff-topping restaurant with breathtaking views. The Monterey County Visitors Bureau is an excellent resource for planning excursions. In recent years, the hotel has joined the exclusive Hyatt family of hotels and in honor of the property’s upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2017, the Highlands Inn is undergoing an impressive renovation inspired by the property’s refined charm and classic seaside setting.



Poetry Inn Lyrical Beauty in Napa By Lizabeth Zindel


obert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Wine is bottled poetry.” The literary celebrity would certainly have been enchanted by the elegant and graceful quality of The Poetry Inn, a perfect name for a hotel that so purely captures the quintessential beauty of Napa Valley. Perched on the hillside of a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, The Poetry Inn evokes the soul-stirring beauty of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, E.E. Cummings, and Robert Louis Stevenson — and the five spectacular rooms are named in their honor. Each literary-themed suite contains a king-size bed with luxury Italian linens, fresh flowers, a lavish bathroom, wood-burning fireplace, and spacious balcony to enjoy sweeping views of spectacular sunsets. Opened by Cliff Lede Vineyards in 2005, the exclusive inn offers five-star personalized service. Prior to your visit, the fabulous innkeepers, Mark Bowen, Lisa Anderson, Henrike Wagner, and Daniel Hauck, will reach out to learn your preferences and upon arrival, your room will be customized to your every need.

In the mornings, enjoy a divine three-course breakfast prepared by the superb chef, Lynn Vita. It includes pastries from Thomas Keller’s Buchon Bakery and entrées like buttermilk waffles topped with sweet crème fraîche. Amenities include a gorgeous pool with chaise lounge chairs and tranquil spa with rejuvenating treatments like a rosemary mint facial. The Farmhouse at Poetry, an effortlessly elegant three bedroom property with a private pool, is the perfect monthly vacation home rental if you’re looking for a longer stay. Guests of the inn are invited to visit Cliff Lede Vineyards and enjoy sumptuous tastings of its meticulously crafted estate-driven wines. The rock ’n’ roll-themed Cliff Lede’s Backstage Reserve Lounge offers the chance to taste limited production wines alongside rotating art exhibitions, vintage guitars, and fantastic rock ’n’ roll memorabilia. 707.944.0646 Social Life



NAPA FAVORITES By Lizabeth Zindel

Lede Family Wines — Cliff Lede Vineyards & FEL Wines A true visionary, Cliff Lede has combined estate vineyards, winemaking, and music into one of Napa Valley’s most successful and diversified estates. To keep track of his precise plantings, Lede named each block after rock albums and songs —from “Abbey Road” to Whole Lotta Love, creating what is known today as the Cliff Lede Vineyards’ “Rock Blocks.”

Sinegal Estate Winery The estate owner and Costco heir David Sinegal creates a luxury experience on his gorgeous 30-acre historic wine estate with a Victorian house, lush gardens, and a private lake with rowboats. Don’t miss this truly beautiful way to taste exquisite Napa cabs.

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Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch The estate chef, Timothy Mosblech, prepares sensational menus from produce freshly harvested on the farm at Long Meadow Ranch as well as from grass-fed beef and lamb. Be sure to reserve the Chef ’s Table for an intimate, chefguided, four-course tasting menu with LMR wine pairings served in the historic farmhouse.

Solbar The incredible executive chef, Brandon Sharp, serves inventive twists on California soul food with farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients in a dreamlike setting at the picturesque Solage Calistoga resort. Foodies will delight in this Michelinstarred gem that attracts a stylish and sophisticated crowd.

Napa Valley Tours & Transportation If you’re looking for the best VIP car service and smallgroup tours, Napa Valley Tours & Transportation creates truly memorable wine country experiences while connecting you to the beauty of the land.

Lucy Restaurant & Bar Helmed by its executive chef, Nate Lindsay, this modern and sleek restaurant delivers fantastic “field-to-fork” fare with top-notch service. Steps from the kitchen, Lucy’s garden provides farm fresh ingredients for salads and excellent artisanal cocktails. A shining star of Napa.



A Day in the Social Life Sag Harbor and Shelter Island By Karen Holly Berliner

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ag Harbor is a charming paradox. It is as low key and quaint as it is exciting and glamorous, neither undermining the other. Its history includes its role as a player in the Revolutionary War, a bustling seaport, and a thriving whaling town. It was also known as a writers’ colony, attracting the 19th-centry writer James Fennimore Cooper and the 20th-century writers John Steinbeck and E.L. Doctorow. Many of the historical 18th- and 19th-century homes of this village remain, sitting on perfectly manicured landscapes and backdropped by its impressive harbor dotted with sailboats and private yachts. It fast becomes our favorite part of the Hamptons. An incorporated village within both the towns of East Hampton and Southampton, and just a short drive to Montauk, it’s only a 10-minute ferry-ride to Shelter Island. Take a nice stroll around Trout Pond or maybe visit the Windmill on Long Wharf. If you’re looking for a bit more action, look no farther than Sag Harbor’s commercial district showcasing trendy boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, and fine restaurants that blend the old and the new, with historic homes and modern mansions sharing the limelight.

We begin our weekend here doing a little shopping on Main Street and then head over to Baron’s Cove Inn for our first night’s stay. Renovated to the nines, Baron’s Cove features a brand new nautically inspired hotel lobby, bar, and lounge, resplendent with a wood burning fireplace, an inviting front porch, a side veranda, and a classic American restaurant with sublime water views of the harbor. With 67 rooms appointed with private garden terraces, harbor loft suites with balconies, village rooms, and dog-friendly rooms, we have our choice of accommodations for a custom fit. All bases are covered with the harbor view, heated saltwater pool, tennis court, fitness studio, yoga and core conditioning classes on the front lawn, spa services, and complimentary beach service with transportation. We look forward to the live entertainment offered every night during the summer season. The restaurant on the premises has a classic, all-American dining menu of surf and turf, grilled burgers, catch-ofthe-day fish, overstuffed lobster rolls, and signature dishes, courtesy of one of the Hamptons most celebrated chefs, Matty Boudreau. Social Life



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With the weather a bit overcast today, we save our beach plans for tomorrow and head over to the Monika Olko Gallery, an unpretentious neighborhood art space located in the heart of Sag. This venue features recognized artists as well as up-and-coming local, national, and international painters, sculptors, and photographers. When we return to Baron’s Cove, we enjoy sitting by the pool for a while. In the early evening, we head out to the Bell & Anchor, a waterside restaurant where the executive chef, Sam McCleland, and the chef de cuisine, Michael Swann, offer a collection of sublime and inventive American dishes. Lobster steamed or baked can be paired with turf favorites like prime steaks and chops. We sample the guava-glazed baby back ribs with baby spinach and pignoli nuts and the seafood salad of diced yellow fin tuna, cucumber, spinach, and orange with sesame seeds and ponzu sauce. Next we share the fish and chips: beer battered and crisply fried to golden perfection. We also share the butter-poached lobster tail alongside a generous portion of grilled filet mignon with green beans and fingerling

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potatoes and finish with the popular root beer float with an anchor cookie playfully plopped atop, and served with straws for two. The next day promises bright sunny weather so we head over to Havens Beach on Sag Harbor Bay with its famously secluded soft sandy terrain and its calm bay waters, perfect for some leisurely swimming and wading. We stroll along the beach and catch a luxurious cat nap. Refreshed and renewed, we prepare for an evening out. The Beacon is the perfect spot to grab a drink and a bite. Perched above the Sag Harbor marina and helmed by its co-owners, Sam McCleland and David Loewenberg, this dining spot is delightfully compatible with the Sag vibe. For starters we choose delicious pork belly buns with potato bread, hoisin sauce, and pineapple cole slaw. For a main course, the signature halibut baked in parchment with sun dried tomatoes and toasted couscous is flavorful and unique. The extensive wine list allow for perfect pairing. The next day, we ferry over to Shelter Island. All summer the South Ferry runs every 10 to 12 minutes from 5:40 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.,



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with a different schedule after Labor Day. This island has roughly 20 miles of coastline, ranging from sandy beaches with lifeguards to secluded spots. Each of its three town beaches has its own character. Opting for seclusion, we choose Shell Beach, a narrow stretch of land just under a mile long, protruding into the Shelter Island Sound. Accessible only by an unpaved road, Shell has no amenities. It is just right for us. Bare bones and intimate. Tonight we will stay on this tiny island and lodge at The Chequit. Recently added to the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Hot List, this historic 37-room inn was completely renovated in 2015 by Salt Hotels, refreshing its Gilded Era vibe with a contemporary spin. The grand lobby serves as both the inn’s front desk and the venue for its complimentary breakfast served daily. Later in the day, this space morphs into a guest-only wine and Champagne lounge, ideal for a toast to good times. The Red Maple, the inn’s rustic American bar and restaurant, now includes weekend brunch and lunch service, featuring seasonally inspired menus. Some favorites here are the grilled fish tacos with red cabbage, jalapeño, avocado sauce, pico de gallo, and field greens. For a heartier choice, the pulled pork marinated in Korean BBQ sauce and topped with pickled vegetables, cilantro, and sesame seeds is tops. Not to be missed is the raw bar, including locally sourced littleneck clams from Peconic Bay. We settle in and sample it all. So much left to explore; we will be back soon. Social Life




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Culinary Inspirations with Andrea PAn ASIAn PURPLE CoLE SLAW: An oLd STAndARd REImAGInEd

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s the days (thankfully) drag on this summer, so does the ongoing search for new, clean, healthy eats to fill you up but not fill you out. For many of us, the sound of cole slaw conjures a heap of watery white something or other with equally unidentifiable flecks of orange. This is usually the mandatory complement to a lobster roll, crabmeat roll, or bucket of something fried. And, it’s most commonly right next to a bag of not-so-good chips. All that said, the mayonaissey (yes, I made up that word) mess is often ignored and tossed in the trash. No longer. Slaw has evolved. A really good cole slaw is now a thing of rainbow beauty, a delight for vegetarians who are often satisfied enough with its density to make it their main, and a flavorful veggie side for the rest of us eager to get in our necessary nutrients. While there are literally hundreds of slaw varieties, among the most favorite are Asian inspired. With that, this month’s delight will make you wonder: what was that white stuff, anyway? About Andrea Correale and Elegant Affairs Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs, is a celebrity caterer and the national entertaining expert for Lenox China and OK TV. Andrea has been featured in multiple magazines and on television networks such as People magazine, Woman’s Day magazine,, FOX 5, WCBS, Bravo, VH1, Lifetime, and Martha Stewart Living. L’Oréal Paris Academy calls her their lifestyle expert with a series of entertaining videos used to inspire women nationwide.

pan Asian purple Cole Slaw Ingredients: 4 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced 4 green onions, sliced 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp sesame oil 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tbsp rice vinegar Juice from 1 lime 1 tbsp honey 1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated Pinch of red pepper flakes

directions: 1. In a large bowl toss together the red cabbage, green onions, and cilantro. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Add to salad bowl, and toss well. Let sit for about 10 minutes. Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired. 3. Forget everything you knew about cole slaw.

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SOTTO SOPRA Brings a Taste of Northern Italy to the Hamptons By Ann Grenier


orthern Italian eatery Sotto Sopra in Amagansett is delighting diners this 2016 season and is inviting them on a culinary journey that highlights the region’s traditional flavors and cooking methods. Under the direction of the managing partner Rose Evangelista, Sotto Sopra has quickly become one of the most sought-after restaurants on the East End, known for its frequent celebrity guests, relaxing atmosphere, exceptional service, and fresh, flavorful fare. Sotto Sopra’s expertly crafted menu developed by its executive chef, Fermin Jimenez, takes advantage of the restaurant’s wood-burning oven to offer up freshly baked breads, crispy Italian-style pizza, and whole roasted fish such as branzino al forno (whole-roasted Italian sea bass with charred tomato aioli). Deliciously fresh salads such as insalata di formaggio di capra e melone (goat cheese, melon, and prosciutto salad, topped with candied pistachio), antipastos such as robiola crostini (warm crostini topped with robiola cheese, grilled figs, and spiced walnuts, drizzled with orange vinaigrette), and impeccably flavored pasta and rice dishes including risotto granchio (saffron Aborio rice cooked all’onda, with crabmeat and spring onions), round out the menu along with classic bisteccheria options such as filet mignon cooked to perfection.

To complement the cuisine, Sotto Sopra offers an extensive wine list, as well as a menu of delightful signature cocktails, including the Rose Orchid (Death’s Door gin, St. Germain, prosecco, grapefruit, and hibiscus), Sotto 75 (Farmer’s organic gin, St. Germain, Champagne, blueberry and lime juices), and South Fork (Jameson Irish whiskey, mint, cucumber, lime, and orange juice). Sotto Sopra’s traditional cuisine is contrasted by its modern décor, creating a thoughtful, warm aesthetic. Drenched in sunlight, Sotto Sopra’s airy interior features an open-style design concept, cedar-paneled walls, sleek black-and-natural wood tables and chairs, industrial style lighting and fixtures, and bright white color accents. Toward the rear of the restaurant, Sotto Sopra’s floor-to-ceiling windows open to reveal a charming outdoor patio and lush garden. The Hamptons dining hotspot has become a favorite among celebrities, including Alec Baldwin, Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts, Mike Myers, John Slattery, Michael Kors, David Yurman, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. Sotto Sopra is open for dinner seven days a week starting at 5 p.m., with a late night menu available from midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 231 Main Street, Amagansett. 631.267.3695


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STRAWBERRY moonS FoREvER By sharon roth


ontauk. Renowned for endless stretches of soft pristine beaches with shells of every hue, surfers skating the waves at the crack of dawn, the most spectacular sunsets on the planet, and a famously relaxed — not to mention addictive —“flip flops and oysters” ambiance. And, of course, beachside cocktails and vino — all day long should you so choose. Nowhere in Montauk is found greater libation variety and opportunity than at Gurney’s Montauk, the once sleepy vintage-style beach spa that has recently taken on a South Beach twist, blending yoga, seawater pools, and New-Age therapies with Miami-inspired revelry on oceanfront beds. Kicking off a Gurney’s day with brunch at the bistro-style Tillies, one can pair an avocado tartine with the Hugo, a delightful mix of mint, St. Germain, and bubbles for a light morning buzz. Next, head to the luxuriant daybeds, loungers, or dining areas at the Beach Club and order one of its most popular cocktails. Called the Summer Babe, this compelling mix is made with Absolut Elyx, strawberry, St. Germain, and Prosecco, and of course topped off with a splash of Rosé. Bubbly, lightly tart, and smooth, this fabulous blend also honors the luminous strawberry-hued moons that rise over the Montauk beaches in midsummer. Next, for pre-dinner cocktails continue the pink-toned theme and sample the watermelon mojito at the Regent Cocktail Club fire pit, a luscious twist on a classic concept. And for dinner at Scarpetta, enjoy your fluke crudo, lobster tagliatelle, or seared scallops accompanied by a spicy raspberry Collins made with Abolsut Elyx, raspberries, jalapeño, and ginger beer — fresh, fruity and marvelously light. Or go for the Bolla Bacca, with Hangar One Citron vodka, strawberry liqueur, and Prosecco. On the other side of the spectrum (along with the island) is Navy Beach — one of Montauk’s most beloved chill-time spots. Overlooking Fort Pond Bay and Gardiner’s Island, this 200-foot private beach epitomizes casual nautical toes-inthe-sand summer unwinding, evoking a 1940s East End and boasting a friendly staff, magnificent waterside sunsets, and an abundant wine and cocktail list. The regional coastal menu emphasizes local seafood and produce and features delectably prepared seasonal favorites ranging from the Montauk fluke ceviche and lobster and clam bake to buttermilk fried chicken and the Navy burger. Prepared with vodka, Rosé, fresh orange, and mint,

the tartly refreshing Blood Orange Piscine is the hit of the current Navy Beach season. With Aperol, Prosecco, and fresh orange, the Aperol spritz is simple yet irresistibly lively. And for a greater punch, sample the Painkiller, an aptly named tropical blend of gold rum, coconut, orange juice, and nutmeg. Navy Beach also offers an impressive wine list, with a plethora of international Rosés to accompany its legendary sunsets and red moons. The Clos Beylesse Domaine de L’Abbaye, Bandol Domaine de Frégate, and the North Fork’s Paumanok sit alongside traditional peach-toned favorites such as Château Minuty and Domaines ott. Whatever your style, mood, and preference, Montauk certainly doesn’t lack for options to indulge. Before summer is over, find your favorite spot, order your signature beachside or sunset drink, and raise your glass to Montauk Augusts under strawberry moons. May they go on forever.

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Brad Stewart Surf Lodge’s Super Chef By Inna DeSilva


f you ever wondered how the uber-trendy Surf Lodge manages to feed a thousand people a day — and out of a tiny kitchen to boot — the answer is its chef de cuisine, Brad Stewart. The tall and handsome Australian chef is helming the busy kitchen for a third year. When we sit down on a gray Monday afternoon, he has just finished a very busy lunch and is looking forward to his day off. We speak about his love of Southeast Asian cooking and the fact that he has been in and out of kitchens all over the world since the tender age of fifteen. His first gig in the restaurant business began in his native New South Wales, Australia, at the Cypress Lakes Golf Resort. Since Brad comes from a big blue-collar family, his passion for cooking made him a bit of the family’s black sheep. With his mother’s encouragement he spent three years apprenticing in various kitchens and attending a culinary school part time. By 18, he was already working at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney. By 2009, he was in the United States working for the Ritz Carlton in Washington, D.C. His next couple of years took him from working at NoHo’s Public restaurant to Saxon + Parole.

In 2014, he took a break from the Hamptons and moved to Phucket, Thailand, to work at Cape Panwa Regent. He fell in love with the spices and flavors of Thai cooking. He returned last summer to work again at Surf Lodge and made sure the menu reflected Montauk’s easy access to the best seafood on the East Coast and his passion for Asian flavors. Surf Lodge goes through so much seafood, it’s is the largest client of Gosman’s Wholesale Fish Market. The restaurant’s seafood dishes are legendary, but its grilled lobster is the best I have ever had anywhere, and that includes Maine and the Caribbean. Run, don’t walk, to Surf Lodge and eat what might be the best dish in the Hamptons. Don’t miss the amazing cherry sorbet for dessert. It’s a revelation. As I bid Brad farewell, I ask him what he has planned for his day off. Besides catching up on sleep, he golfs. He plans to learn surfing next year. An Australian who does not surf ? Now I’ve heard everything.

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Located in the heart of Southampton, the Southampton Inn’s envious location offers guests a gateway to the best the Hamptons has to offer. Southampton Inn serves as a consistently welcoming and reliable place to stay year-round. The knowledgeable staff can offer advice on the myriad activities available to visitors during the off-season. There are dinner and theater packages, pet-themed weekends, wellness weekends, holiday shopping coupons, a hit New Year’s Eve party, Valentine’s stay-cation opportunities, a community Easter egg hunt and brunch, and so much more. Southampton Inn also has ample experience in hosting events such as weddings and corporate retreats, and making them a memory of a lifetime in a beautiful environment any time of year. All of Southampton Inn’s 90 guest rooms were completely renovated this winter, featuring soundproof flooring, fresh paint, new bathroom shelving, and state-of-the-art transition beds for additional guests. The conference rooms — which now match the new 3,000-square-foot ballroom — were updated with ergonomic chairs, flat screen televisions, and Chromecast capabilities, in addition to fresh paint and new carpeting. Also completely refurbished is the library, which boasts a contemporary look with all new furniture, new flooring, and fresh paint. The lobby has also received a makeover, and now welcomes guests to a classic Hamptons cottage-style space with pewter and slate tones that are carried throughout the property. This home-away-from-home is not only family and pet friendly, it is a warm and welcoming haven for everyone — with a solid reputation that is richly deserved.

At the resort, guests can make the most of Southampton Inn’s acres of lawn space that appeal to many interests. The private gardens are ideal for reading or quiet contemplation, while the all-weather tennis court, heated 50-foot swimming pool, shuffleboard court, Ping-Pong table, and green spaces for croquet, volleyball, or badminton will appeal to athletes of all ability levels. The inn also features a beautifully planted and lit European courtyard. With an on-site, well-stocked game room, the Southampton Inn is welcoming to families and guests of all ages. Pets are also welcome (for an additional fee) in one of the inn’s specially designated pet-friendly guest rooms. At the end of the day, guests can retire to their well-appointed guestrooms that include upscale linens, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, complimentary Wi-Fi, and flat-screen televisions with more than 100 channels. Another exciting update this year is Southampton Inn’s new in-house restaurant Café Klyde. The restaurant offers “Best of the Best” breakfast, as well as lunch, and a bar menu all year long. Focusing on locally sourced ingredients and freshly picked vegetables and herbs from the inn’s very own garden, Café Klyde specializes in modern salads, classic sandwiches, inventive small plates, gourmet burgers, and delectable entrées. It is dining at its best: beautiful locally sourced dishes, and no single item on the lunch menu is over $20! Classic, comfortable, and complemented by excellent service, Café Klyde blends Hamptons hospitality and European elegance with al fresco dining in the beautifully planted courtyard or inside the intimate dining room. Draft beer, local wines, and specialty tropical drinks are served poolside during the summer season. The Southampton Inn is constantly updating its website with all the local happenings and fun opportunities. And knowledgeable agents are available to answer your questions. 631.283.6500

Distinctively Hamptons, Tastefully Boar’s Head.

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SUmmERTImE HomE ESSEnTIALS LIQUId LUXURIES By CeCilia Boon Whether you weekend, summer, or live year-round in the Hamptons, having the right mix of liquid capabilities is essential. Social Life editors picked their favorite tools for balancing the perfect mix of liquid heaven. Get your drink on!

JuICING GENIuS (MAKES ICE-CREAM Too!) This beauty is surprisingly versatile. Now that’s our kind of tool! HuRoM’s top-of-the-line HZ Slow Juicer is powered by the newest Alpha technology and cased in stainless steel for optimized juicing and ice-cream making, plus easier cleaning. $599



We’re no strangers to good red wines and the Mira Hyde Syrah 2011 blew us away. This needle in a vino haystack, is sure to impress friends with its bursting flavors of espresso, charcoal, and violets, followed by waves of salty caramel, boysenberry, and licorice. Youthful restraint surrenders to graphite, roasted and sanguine meats, while hints of white pepper accompany the palate through a long and winding finish. $85

Bring your coffee experience to the highest level of satisfaction and make richly flavorful creamy drinks with this KRupS EA81 espresso machine. We tested more than 20 machines, and this was hands down the best for quality and aesthetics. The intuitive LCD display makes it simple to pick out the recipe you want, and offers drinks like espresso, ristretto, cappuccino, and more with just a touch of the button. $699.99



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Edward Ruscha, Fee, 1971, gunpowder, pastel on paper, 11 ½ in. x 29 in.


uild Hall Museum of East Hampton will present Aspects of Minimalism: Selections from East End Collections from August 13 through October 10. The exhibition features paintings and sculptures by preëminent artists associated with the movement such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Agnes Martin, along with work by artists influenced by the Minimalist aesthetic, including Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, and Rachel Whiteread. Many of the works, which are on loan from major private collections on the East End of Long Island, are on public view for the first time.

Spanning six decades, the exhibition begins with work from the late 1950s just as Minimalism began to take shape in New York, and concludes with work relevant to the Minimalist aesthetic from the 1990s and 2000s. The 14 artists presented in the exhibition are Josef Albers, Joseph Beuys, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Robert Irwin, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Agnes Martin, Blinky Palermo, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Edward Ruscha, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Whiteread. Filling the Museum’s entire exhibition space, the show investigates for the first time on the East End the broad range,

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Dan Flavin, Alternate Diagonals of March 2, 1964 (to Don Judd), 1964, daylight fluorescent light 145 ½ in.



reach, and important legacy of Minimalism. “We are fortunate to offer visitors the rare opportunity to view many stellar works by the movement’s pioneers alongside works by equally important contemporary artists influenced by the Minimalist aesthetic,” said the exhibition curator Christina Mossaides Strassfield, who is the museum director and chief curator of Guild Hall Museum. “This dynamic dialogue highlights the extraordinary impact of Minimalism on the history of modern art and its relevance today.” Minimalism emerged in New York as a movement in the late 1950s. By presenting a simplicity of form and content, art-

ists working in painting, sculpture, and installation sought to remove any sign of personal expressivity, and allow the viewer to experience the work more intensely without the distractions of overt symbolism, narrative, and emotional content. There are examples of Minimalist theory as early as the 1920s in Europe, but the movement at the time of its birth was defined by new young artists who were often reacting against the gestural excesses of Abstract Expressionism, challenging the conventional boundaries between various mediums, subordinating authorship, and calling attention to the materiality of their works.

Edward Ruscha, Thousandths of an Inch, 1973, gunpowder on paper, 13 ¾ in. x 22 ¾ in.

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Dan Flavin, Three Fluorescent Tubes, 1963, yellow and red fluorescent light, 48 in. x 10 in.



russell simmons rush philanthropic arts foundation ANNUAL ART FOR LIFE BENEFIT By Kevin Berlin


Kehinde Wiley, Russell Simmons, Tangie Murray, Daniel Simmons

ush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) raised $1.25 million at its annual  Art for Life  benefit on July 16  at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton. Proceeds benefited the foundation’s signature arts education and gallery programs, which have directly served tens of thousands of inner-city youth over the past 20 years. This year’s theme was “Back to the Future.”



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Russell Simmons introduced the unique live auction, which consisted of selling balloons for $1,000 each to support RUSH programs. Russell started off by buying 20 balloons as he introduced the evening’s auctioneer,  Star Jones.  Jones kept the momentum going, raising $150,000 in just seven minutes. Guests dined on an all-vegan menu, dubbed the “compassionate menu,” created by Great Performances’ executive sous chef, Mark Russell.  After dinner, Tyrese Gibson, a sixtime Grammy-nominated recording artist, producer, and author, got the crowd on their feet with his charttopping hits. He then passed the mic to Doug E. Fresh for his performances of a medley of 1980s hip hop hits, followed by  a performance by Whodini.  DJ M.O.S.  kept the dance floor alive long into the night.



PARRISH ART MUSEUM’S 2016 MIDSUMMER PARTY Over $1 Million Raised to Benefit the Museum By Kevin Berlin

THE MIDSUMMER PARTY The Parrish Art Museum’s annual midsummer party in Water Mill is a festive social gathering of artists, art collectors, curators, philanthropists, and business leaders from the Hamptons, New York City, and beyond. In addition to guests’ dining and dancing on July 9, guests had the opportunity to preview the inauguration of Platform: Jonah Bokaer and experience the museum’s current exhibitions, including the Permanent Collection: Connections and Context. This year, the Parrish honored Barbara J. Slifka, a trustee as well as an art collector and philanthropist, for her dedication, enthusiasm, and generous commitment to visual and performing arts as well as to environmental and social causes. A live auction at the event featured private rehearsal access and opening night tickets to the BAM Next Wave Festival’s Rules of the Game by Jonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham, and Pharrell Williams; a Bulgari Lucea watch; a private dinner created by Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton; a connoisseur wine collection; and a golf outing at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton; as well as the opportunity to make donations in support of the museum’s educational programming.

Attendees included artists Alice Aycock, Jonah Bokaer, Michael Combs, Eric Fischl, Connie Fox, Christopher French, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Steven Ladd, Donald Lipski, Malcolm Morley, Dan Rizzie, Dorothea Rockburne, Clifford Ross, Bastienne Schmidt, Keith Sonnier, Billy Sullivan, Donald Sultan, John Torreano, and Robert Wilson.

ON VIEW IN THE GALLERIES The Permanent Collection: Connections and Context (through October) The third re-installation of the museum’s permanent collection in its Water Mill home presents some 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in nine thematic, mini-narratives that explore the concept of dialogue: how artworks interact with one another while claiming individual visual territory. The exhibition features significant recent acquisitions, some of which mark the introduction of artists new to the museum’s collection as well as works that have not been shown in the current building.

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Models: Georgiana Enescu, Lucy Miller, Adele Krantz, Anna Cree, Kylie Zamora with Kevin Berlin Big Sky Ranch horse trainer: Carrie Catherine Holmes Horses: Godiva and Flymeister

Photography: Tom Kochie Sculpture on grounds: Mihai Popa, Nova (1928–2009) Milky Way, steel, 37 ft. x 14 ft. x 3.5 ft.

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ART “Big Sky Ranch is the equine component of Nova’s Ark Project, the 95-acre sculpture park and art complex in the Hamptons. The founder, Nova Mihai Popa, called this a ‘territory of spirit,’ a natural refuge for both humans and animals. Horsemen and their mounts are welcome as visitors and boarders!” – Tundra Wolf, the executive director of Nova’s Ark Project. This Art Southampton event marked the official North American launch of KEVIN BERLIN NEW YORK Top Hats and follows up the artist’s recent Top Hat sneak preview at the Cannes Film Festival this past May. Berlin’s original, artist-designed, luxury Top Hats are unisex, and created for everyday wear and a contemporary lifestyle. KBNY Top Hats are handmade, of the world’s finest quality, and come in three heights X, XX, and XXX. A special interactive booth installation for the brand was featured at Art Southampton along with a Saturday July 10, Meet the Artist mimosa reception and Top Hat box signing.



Ailene Fields A Profile of an Artist By Inna DeSilva

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Sacred Spaces represents the safe places people can escape to. The second series is Baba Yaga Eats, a cutting critique on the absurd prices manipulated by the moguls in the art world. Baba Yaga is a witch in Slavic mythology, and I certainly remember being scared by tales of her in my childhood. In this 19-piece series, Baba Yaga eats culpable artists’ works, including those by Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Mark Rothko, among others. I imagined Larry Gagosian collapsing at the thought. This series is close to Ailene’s heart. She told me that “Art has become about making money. We have lost our way to impress on people an emotional response.” That’s why teaching is so important to her. “Teaching art is like a flower opening.” The third series is Fantastic Creatures, 70 pieces touching on the mythological, representing works across the spectrum of wild, fun, and fantastical. Her work can be seen at 236 West 27th Street, 9th floor, Tuesday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. In September she will have receptions on two Thursdays: September 8 and 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please see for details. There will also be a special exhibition and reception at the Angel Orensanz Center from September 11 through 15, times to be announced. Five thousand people are expected to this former Gothic synogogue during Art Hearts Fashion. Ailene is represented by Six Summit Gallery and CFM Gallery. For more information on the sculpture of Ailene Fields, please contact Leo Feroleto at 917.573.0029 or

Baba Yaga Eats Damien Hirst

ilene Fields is a professional sculptor, who has been working in New York for more than 30 years. I first learned of her work when I saw her sculptures at a friend’s house in Tarrytown. I was intrigued and asked to meet her in her classroom at The Compleat Sculptor, a supply facility at 90 Vandam Street — an institution for Gotham sculptors that is co-owned with her son Marc Fields. When I arrived, I admired Ailene’s fantastic life-size mermaid sculpture, A Parable, in front of the store and thought that it would complement any home in the Hamptons. When I descended to the basement, where Ailene teaches once a week, I was surrounded by sculptures in various forms of readiness, and I felt as if I were in a wonderland. I caught her with her afternoon students who were exploring their creativity under Ailene’s watchful eye. The quality and quantity of sculptures in the facility were breathtaking. We decided to grab a coffee around the corner, where we talked about her work, family, and upcoming shows in September. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to a Jewish family from Eastern Europe, Ailene has been interested in writing since the sixth grade. Later she studied at Lehman College, where she majored in English and minored in mythology. She met her future husband, David Fields, at the age of 10, in grade school. When she told her mother she was going to marry David one day, her mother rolled her eyes. Ailene and David will be married fifty years next March. Dr. David Fields is a prominent OB/GYN physician in a private practice on Park Avenue. They share two sons and four grandchildren. Ailene’s current and upcoming work on view includes 139 sculptures within three series. The first series is Sacred Spaces. One of the sculptures, Sanctum Fantastique, made me think of Games of Thrones’ kingdoms. Ailene explained to me that the idea for the 50-piece series came to her after 9/11.

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Daniel Boulud & Herb Karlitz Tribute Dinner To Honor Roger Vergé By Bennett Marcus Emeril Lagasse The legendary celebrity Chef Roger Vergé, who passed away last year, will be honored in a tribute dinner on September 12 at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. The dinner, organized by veteran event producer Herb Karlitz, of Karlitz and Company, will bring together more than a dozen of the world’s great chefs, including Emeril Lagasse and Francis Mallmann, who both considered Vergé their mentor, inspiration, and the reason for their success in the culinary world. Karlitz said that his friend and Vergé protégé Daniel Boulud has been appointed chef chair for the evening. The five-course dinner will seat only 250 guests and will begin with a cocktail hour that includes 12 walk-around chef stations, followed by a sit-down dinner. Tickets for the evening are $995 and are available at All proceeds from the dinner will go towards a Roger Vergé scholarship at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. Celebrity Chef Events Herb Karlitz has been producing A-list events for over twenty years. Recently he produced a John Legend concert for a client, exclusively for its best customers. He is the president of Kartliz & Company, a full-service lifestyle and entertainment marketing firm, which creates unique experiences to build customer loyalty for clients. “We do ski clinics with Lindsey Vonn, or golf clinics with Hank Haney, who is Tiger Woods’s former coach,” Kartliz says. “In marketing-speak it’s retention,” he explains. He’s also an entertainment lawyer, and after finishing law school, rose through the ranks of worldwide public relations firm Burson-Marsteller to create and lead its entertainment and event marketing division, where he worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys to Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder, and created many concert events. Karlitz has a love of food and wine, and talk about making your avocation your occupation: about 75 percent of his company’s business today is producing culinary events with celebrity chefs, many of whom he counts among his friends. “I’m very lucky in that I have found a way to basically make my career from two personal passions and interests, which are food and wine as well as cooking.”

His parents owned a restaurant, and he thinks that’s where he developed a love for all things gastronomic. Marcus Samuelsson This passion also led him to regard chefs as professionals whose job is to entertain and make people happy, similar to musicians and actors. Karlitz likes to say that he was working with celebrity chefs back when they were just called cooks. “We sort of developed this niche of working with and creating celebrity chefs before they were celebrity chefs,” he says. Karlitz was involved in one of the first-ever food and wine festivals, where, he says, nobody knew who Emeril Lagasse was. “He was just starting on Food Network. And we had about 35 major chefs who were favorites of ours, but nobody really knew chefs like Charlie Trotter from Chicago, and other now-famous chefs.” Karlitz feels that chefs, like Marcus Samuelsson, for example, becoming known, appearing on television, signing autographs, and commanding huge appearance fees is good for the culinary world. “They’re able to get people interested in cooking and not see it as going back to school, which is what I think Emeril helped pave the way for.” In the past, there was Julia Child, but today there are many personalities thanks to places like the Food Network.

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto In 2015, Karlitz and his close friend Marcus Samuelsson launched the first Harlem EatUp!, a three-day food festival. This year’s festival included chefs from local restaurants who teamed up with big names like Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, and Daniel Boulud, who cooked alongside the chef at the famous soul food spot Sylvia’s. Bill Clinton remained an ambassador for Harlem EatUp!, and national sponsors included USA Today, Aetna, and the Bordeaux Wine Council. A portion of proceeds went to local charities. And yes, Karlitz says he is not too intimidated to cook for his celebrity chef pals at his home. When Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto visited, he decided to whip up short ribs. But Karlitz does know where to draw the line. “One thing I stayed away from was sushi,” he admits. Social Life


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Eddie Burke Jr . Renaissance Man in the Hamptons Events Permits, Real Estate, DWI Representation, and More By Cecilia Boon


ts multi-acre estates, beachside properties, and luxury accommodations make the Hamptons a veritable party paradise, with much of its famed reputation as a summer destination owing to how often it’s been the setting of the social events of the season. But what really makes a Hamptons party on your calendar possible is a single piece of coveted paper known as a special events permit. So while raising a glass to toast the host is customary, we forget that any grand celebration must first be permitted to happen at all. And we know the man who really gets the parties started: Edward Burke Jr. The East End, where Edward Burke Jr. both lives and bases his law practice, Edward Burke Jr. & Associates, has seen an explosive growth in parties throughout the townships in the Hamptons. Burke says, “During the summer, our case volume triples.” His Sag Harbor office handles dozens of special events permits. He has also carved out a thriving criminal defense practice focused on various cases including DWIs, covering the multiple justice courts. The exponential growth in business led to the hiring  of Attorney Melissa Aguanno, who has recently joined as an associate for the firm, assisting in its criminal defense department. Aguanno brings solid experience, hailing from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. Burke’s law firm has always handled real estate cases and it was a natural extension for him to introduce his new real estate brokerage business called Burkeshire Realty, which has already seen tremendous growth in its client base. His desire is to cater to his clients not only in a legal capacity but also to explore and seek out incredible real estate properties in the Hamptons for his exclusive (and very private) clientele.  Something must have been in the water (of the Long Island Sound) because his entire family practices law. Edward and his siblings, Denise and Joseph, followed in their father’s legal footpath and are all practicing attorneys. Edward Sr. who is a recently retired judge from the

Southampton Town bench, heads up the law firm of Burke & Sullivan in Southampton, and the family enjoys the reputation of being a legal dynasty on the East End. Outside of their stellar legal renown, the Burke family opened up a restaurant called the Salty Dog in Sag Habor in the early 1970s. They retired the restaurant in the early 2000s and then developed the land and property into a condo complex overlooking Noyac Bay. The restaurant business has not entirely escaped Burke, however, as years ago he opened Jeff and Eddy’s Seafood in Sag Harbor and now enjoys acting as a landlord to the famed LT Burger with celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel. 631.725.3131


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Lucille Khornak Photography Photographing the Future By Kayjen Lou


here is simple magic in the ability to capture life with the click of a camera, and knowing that moment is documented forever. Just as we love looking at old photographs from other centuries, people in the future will be enamored by our photography today. That’s why finding the right professional photographer is so invaluable. Lucille Khornak is one such gem. She got her start as a model, then became a fashion and beauty photographer, and went on to do many national ads for advertising companies, shooting from Givenchy to Johnson & Johnson, Cheerios, and Coty Cosmetics. In the process, she has written three books and has been featured on over 80 television and radio talk shows. Lucille can also be found in the Rolls Royce book as the best in family photography. Thanks to her love of the arts, she recently began representing other artists — photographers and painters — in her two Hamptons galleries. In summer, she can be found in either her Southampton or Bridgehampton location. The rest of the year, she is either traveling to photo sessions in various parts of the world or working out of her New York–based office.

When Only the Best Will Do She transitioned into photographing children and families in the 1990s when she realized the importance of family above all else. According to Lucille, “Fashion is great. What’s not to love about beautiful models and beautiful clothing? However, children are real. I always wanted children and never had any, so I feel I am especially good at working with them due to my boundless patience. I also enjoy working with teenagers because of the vast differences in their personalities. Some are so confident while others need more direction. I enjoy helping them to be more comfortable, both in their

own skin and in front of the camera.” Lucille is especially interested in photographing girls and women because she believes “Female beauty should not be controlled by social standards and stigmas. I want to help women see that they are beautiful, even when they don’t feel beautiful.” As a former model, she naturally relates to her subjects and makes them feel comfortable being photographed.

Are You Making the Right Choice? Over the years, Lucille has established herself as one of the top family portrait photographers in the world. She has said that new destinations always provide her with fresh inspiration and she takes every opportunity she can to travel. The Hamptons, though, are especially important to her. She says, “It really is all about location. Being able to photograph in the beautiful homes, the lush landscapes, and the special light that is present on the beaches of the Hamptons is such a wonderful experience. It’s so peaceful and picturesque here. As a photographer, I couldn’t ask for a better place to do the work I love.” Lucille has built her business by word of mouth among her clients and cultivated a stellar reputation as a high-end brand. She and her team are meticulous when it comes to providing clients with images of the very best quality. Their clients start with a photo session and from there can choose from a variety of methods for displaying their photos, from custom-designed hardcover books and custom greeting cards to professionally designed wall layouts and art pieces. Lucille can cater to any of your needs and guarantees that you will be happy with the result. New York: 212.593.0933 Hamptons: 631.613.6000 Palm Beach: 888.858.1827 Paris: +1 888 858 1827 Social Life long island - 516-626-2255 nyc - 212-247-2470

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Sir Ivan Celebrates His 60th Birthday By Cecilia Morales

Water mill Castle The recording star and philanthropist Sir Ivan will turn his Water Mill castle into a giant birthday cake with 60 six-foot candles erected on the ramparts and turrets of his palatial Hamptons estate. The top-of-the-chart singer has planned a sexy Hamptons party to celebrate his 60th birthday at the end of August. “I’ve made three invitations. Mainstream press gets an invitation that says it’s an Adam & Eve party. Gay press gets an invitation that says it’s an Adam & Steve party. And lesbian press is getting an Eva & Eve invitation because I want everyone to feel welcome.” The party’s dress code is ‘undress to impress,’ which means ‘fig leaves or less,’ says Sir Ivan.

“Garden of Eden” Sir Ivan has planned a musical surprise for the party’s peak. “I’m performing on top of one of the castle balconies. The entire tennis court is going to be a dance floor, not to mention the elaborate decorations. I don’t want to give it away, but you’re really going to feel like you’re in the Garden of Eden.” Sir Ivan’s smash-hit single, an uptempo dance remake of John Lennon’s Imagine, has topped charts nationwide and attracted millions of followers.

John Lennon’s Imagine Sir Ivan worked with a Grammy Award–winning producer in order to create a song that invoked peace during a wave of terrorism. In addition to the album version of Imagine, there are many additional remixes done by a variety of DJs from all over the world. The most popular one on the radio and the one receiving thousands of downloads and streams on iTunes is called the 7th Heaven Radio Mix. However, Sir Ivan’s sole goal wasn’t to create a Top 40 favorite. For him, the iconic ballad is a call for harmony and amity, something that is personal to the musician’s past. “I picked that song because my late father [Siggi Wilzig] was an Auschwitz survivor and 59 of my relatives were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust,” he said. “That’s the reason I chose to remake all the iconic anti-war songs from the Woodstock days. On my new album, ‘Peaceman Shines,’ I went back to the ’60s and early ’70s, because it was an important time in history when people woke up and were especially concerned about human rights and social issues.”

The Peaceman The Peaceman’s revolutionary activism is being carried out today through Sir Ivan’s dedication to the LGBT community and others that suffer from PTSD. “I did an anti-bullying song when I found

out that the attempted suicide rate in the teenage LGBT community is three to five times higher than the straight teen group,” Sir Ivan continues, “It was to bring awareness to the bullying problem to begin with and how severe it was for LGBT people.” However, Sir Ivan feels that the future looks promising for today’s young people. “The younger generation is much more tolerant than the older generation when it comes to sexual preferences and ‘what’s normal,’ ” he said. “It’s sort of like they’ve learned by themselves, fortunately.” The Peaceman Foundation and Sir Ivan have contributed over $500,000 to many different nonprofits since the charity’s founding in 2005. In addition to the LGBT community, he also gives to other organizations. “I support the Wounded Warriors and the soldiers fighting for us to be free,” said Sir Ivan.

Erotic Art Museum In addition to his music, Sir Ivan owns a vast collection of erotic art, in all mediums and across all time periods and cultures. “My mom [Naomi Wilzig] passed away last year so my brother, sister, and I inherited the World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach,” he said. “It’s the largest privately owned collection of erotic art on display in the world. We’re going to show it off at Art Basel and make it an annual erotic art party in memory of my mom.”


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the 4 th annual whit whit walk By Christine Montanti

By Tyler Fox When it comes to describing the renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg, the first question you ask yourself is “Where do I start?” The name is likely familiar because you’ve certainly heard it somewhere: always in demand for expert advice, Dr. Greenberg has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, CBS, Fox News, NBC, and News 12 Long Island, and he has been featured in numerous national magazines and newspapers, including Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, More, Elle, the New York Times, and Newsday. The host of several Long Island radio shows, most notably Nip Tuck Saturday Night every Saturday on 98.3 FM (KJOY) and the author of A Little Nip, A Little Tuck, Dr. Greenberg is the go-to expert in the industry. Dr. Greenberg is literally the plastic surgeon that other doctors turn to when they choose to undergo plastic surgery. This is likely why he has been ranked as one of the best plastic surgeons on Long Island each of the past nine years. “As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, I work both on the inside and the outside of a patient’s skin every day. I understand and evaluate the patient’s anatomy, and determine what will be the best method for achieving superior antiaging results. Over the years I have enjoyed treating thousands of patients, all of whom have been searching for the same thing: a more youthful appearance,” says Dr. Greenberg. His newest location in Woodbury is regarded as one the most stateof-the-art cosmetic surgery offices in the country. The 9,000-squarefoot luxury complex also features a full-service medi spa and ambulatory surgical center. “It’s ultra modern and equipped with the most high tech tools available in the industry,” says Dr. Greenberg. “What we’re doing is very rare. We can do comprehensive invasive and non-invasive procedures under one roof, in an exclusive, luxurious, and upscale setting.”


very September, families across the area join together in Huntington to walk and raise money for childhood cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. On September 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Caumsett State Park, hundreds of people will gather for a joyful morning. This year’s honoree, a 17-year-old leukemia survivor, Will Benjamin, will lead the pack as we all remember and celebrate those who have fought this brave battle. Public funding allocates only four cents of every dollar to childhood cancer research, so we need your help! Since 2012, friends, family, and the community have helped raise over $400,000. Consider walking, donating, or BELIEVE-ing in a cure! We hope to see you there! For more information, go to

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Venezuela is running out of everything. Meat, milk, vegetables, medicine, and even toilet paper are in short supply. Markets that do have food are looted. Even the military has been subduing riots. The most obvious culprit is declining oil prices. Venezuela sits upon a large oil reserve and oil exports have historically fueled the nation’s economy. In boom times, the government has gone on spending sprees. Much of Hugo Chavez’s socialist programs were funded by surging oil prices. These programs expanded lowincome housing, improved education for the poor, and funded pay raises for government workers. But history teaches us that oil prices are never stagnant. The inevitable decline led to lost revenue for the government, so investment in the public sector decreased. Sagging oil prices can’t be solely blamed, however. Other countries such as Saudi Arabia rely on oil exports to fund their nations, and they aren’t rioting. Government mismanagement has exacerbated the crisis. In 2010, Chavez promised to advance revolutionary socialism and end the “bourgeoisie state.” True to his word, Chavez’s government seized control of credit firms and over one-million acres of land in his effort to promote communes, which he hoped would be the fundamental unit in the new socialist state. He took control of thousands of private corporations, such as the American bottle maker Owens Illinois, in the name of the “public interest.” But the new government-run economy hasn’t produced goods as efficiently as the private sector. Supply of basic goods declined, leading to higher prices and inflation. Attempting to help, Chavez established price-controls. This was good for the Venezuelan consumer, but producers suffered because they could no longer afford to make basic goods due to such low prices. Normally, this would lead to more imports, but reduced oil prices had already diminished buying power. The situation grew more dire. The death of Chavez in 2013 changed nothing because he was

replaced by his protégé, Nicolás Maduro. He continued Chavez’s socialist policies, so the government controls most of the economy at the macro-level. Maduro has resisted cutting government spending, despite declining revenue. Instead, he has tried unorthodox ideas such as changing time zones to increase daylight working hours, thereby reducing electricity use, and cutting the government work week from five days to two, again to save electricity. Yet the fiscal impact has been minimal because he hasn’t cut salaries for workers, despite reducing their workload. The main result was an even less productive workforce, further reducing the supply of basic goods. Maduro has begun using the military to combat food shortages. Across the nation, soldiers have helped distribute goods in a more orderly fashion, giving them a more prominent role in society. This increased military presence may be a last-ditch effort for Maduro to stay in power. His popularity has plunged and his current position is tenuous; a recall effort has garnered two million signatures. Possibly in response, Maduro created new a political position that can be described as a co-president. He filled it with Defense Minister Padrino Lopez. Maduro may be preparing for a violent struggle. The Maduro government insists that right-wing agitators have created the crisis in an effort to undermine the left-wing government. The United States government — seeking oil access — has fomented revolts, Maduro contends. Most analysts agree that the future looks bleak for Venezuela and things will probably get worse before they get better. The unlikely best case scenario is one that ends peacefully. David Byrne is a professor of history at Santa Monica College and former professor of Latin American history at California Baptist University in Riverside, California.


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Saving the Orangutan By Tom Fischer

Orangutans are a species of primate native only to the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, the former divided among the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, while the latter belongs to Indonesia exclusively. These islands are home to dense rainforest teeming with life, many species being unique to the area. However, these rainforests are being cleared en masse in order to access ore deposits, to create pastureland, and to produce palm oil plantations. While the tapping of these rainforest resources has led to an economic boom in Indonesia and Malaysia, the largest and third-largest economies in Southeast Asia, respectively, this growth has come at the cost of heavy environmental degradation, regional pollution, and habitat destruction. Tin mining involves complete deforestation of the mine’s vicinity and involves burying

fertile topsoil under excavated, acidic soil; moreover, the mining pits collect water and become breeding grounds for mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and malaria. However, tin mining is hardly the only destructive industry that has increased the prosperity of these nations. Indeed, tin mining is a relatively small portion of the Indonesian economy and an even smaller portion of the Malaysian economy, particularly when compared to oil exploration, coal mining, and palm oil production. The latter of these three is particularly injurious to the environment, and particularly damaging to the orangutan. Palm oil is the world’s most widely used cooking oil, and is used in everything from foodstuffs, cosmetics, biofuel, pharmaceuticals, and industrial products. The oil palm bears fruit called kernels, which are processed to produce the oil. Social Life



A new tree bears fruit after three years, and the point is often raised that oil palms are highly space-efficient in comparison to competitors like soybeans and rapeseed, producing almost forty percent of the world’s vegetable oil on about five percent of the world’s land. However, while palm oil is a lucrative product for Indonesia and Malaysia — the substance accounted for over six percent of Malaysian exports in 2014 and over seven percent of Indonesian exports in 2012 — vast swaths of land have been cleared of carbon-filtering jungle, jungle that encompasses the habitats of many unique species that are found only on Borneo and Sumatra. It is apparent that the growing palm oil industry is a boon to both Indonesia and Malaysia, the countries that occupy the largest portion of Borneo. Brunei has chosen to preserve its forests. The reckless abandon with which forests have been cleared to create space for oil palm plantations threatens to irreversibly harm one of Earth’s most unique ecosystems. Among species directly threatened by this loss of habitat are pygmy rhinoceros, pygmy elephants, orangutans, tigers, and countless other species less likely to appear on tote bags. Plainly, the further loss of fauna is troubling, but the potential further dwindling of orangutan populations is particularly worrisome considering the great intelligence these primates display. Orangutans are known social creatures, with an intensive mother-child relationship unlike any other species aside from humans in its depth and length; moreover, orangutans are capable of great learning and adaptation, with one orangutan photographed seemingly attempting to spear fish. Their use of tools extends to making shelter of leafy branches in rainstorms, using eating utensils, with some orangutans even being taught to make stone hand-axes in captivity. At certain zoos throughout the world, orangutans are allowed to play on iPads, which the group Apps for Apes says is an excellent way for these intelligent creatures to stimulate their minds. According to the founder of Orangutan Outreach, Richard Zimmerman, as interviewed by Dave Lee of the BBC, orangutans love to watch videos and paint on iPads held for them by zookeepers — the tablets are too fragile for the orangutans to handle themselves.

Given that the forests of Borneo and Sumatra are the only habitat of orangutans, a highly intelligent primate species closely related to humans, it seems that the current attitude towards the expanding palm oil industry and crucial mining industry by both the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia is short-sighted and fails to take into account neither the critical need to protect a corner of Earth rich in biodiversity nor the moral duty we have to an intelligent species threatened by economic imperative. If you would like to help preserve the rainforest habitats of Borneo and Sumatra and the unique array of life therein, avoiding palm oil altogether would be impractical due to its current ubiquity. Instead, avoid unnecessary palm oil consumption and consider donating to a worthy charity, whether that charity is focused on workers’ rights in Indonesia, habitat preservation in Malaysia, or simply donating an iPad for a bored orangutan to draw on. An iPad allows for orangutans living in captivity to exercise their brains in ways previously not possible, and therefore create a more enriching environment for orangutans to live in. The jungles of Borneo and Sumatra are dangerous places where orangutans must use all their wits and knowledge to survive, which is why orangutan young spend up to eight years dependent on their mothers and continue to visit them regularly up until sixteen years of age; however, the relative safety and boredom of life in a zoo result in behavioral problems such as irritable and violent attitudes or depression, which is why animal enrichment toys are so crucial for any zoo. However, orangutans being as intelligent as they are, makes them less easily entertained than other creatures like bears or lizards, which generally just require special snacks to pique curiosity and foraging behavior. Therefore, iPads make a wonderful donation to zoos with orangutans; the zookeepers play videos for them and have them play games through the bars of their enclosure. If you would like to help orangutans live more intellectually fulfilling lives by donating an old iPad or money so that a zoo may obtain one, consider donating to Orangutan Outreach through its website at

To help save orangutans, please donate to the following amazing organizations: (International Animal Resue) (The Borneo orangutan Survival Foundation)


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